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Off the Leash Off the Leash

Town returns dog poop to owners

Feces sent to residents in boxes labeled 'lost and found.'

By Vetstreet Aug 8, 2013 5:54PM

A small suburb of Madrid, Spain, has found a unique way of getting residents to clean up after their dogs.

For two weeks, the town of 10,000 residents had volunteers carry out a sting operation in the town’s park. They’d watch for owners who hadn’t picked up their dog’s poop and approach them to pet the dog, casually asking for the dog’s name and breed — which was enough information for them to find the owner’s address using a registry at the town hall.

Town returns owner's dog poop / File photo of a couple walking their dog (Fotosearch/Getty Images) Then, they’d carefully package the poop in a box with the town’s seal and a “lost and found” label, and have it delivered to the owner’s home.

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The shaming campaign seems to have worked. Several months later, Mayor Borja Gutiérrez says there’s been a 70 percent improvement in picking up after canine residents.

“It’s your dog, it’s your dog poop,” Gutiérrez said. “We are just returning it to you.”

— Read it at The New York Times

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Photo: File photo of a couple walking their dog (Fotosearch/Getty Images)

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Aug 14, 2013 11:58PM
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A neighbor on our street had a dog that they brought across the street to do its business which it always did on our sidewalk.  My wife's grandmother had had enough - she scooped up the last "offering", walked across the street and flipped it into the dog owner's boat (right on the seat) that they had parked on a trailer along the curb.  Never had that problem again!

Aug 14, 2013 4:18AM
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Awesome!  GD Irresponsible dog owners are worse than the dog turds themselves!  Why is there a need for so many dammed dogs, in the first place?  
Aug 14, 2013 12:39AM
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And yet adults don't want to be treated like children. This is exactly why we have to tell them that eating junk food, drinking pop, smoking is bad for you, and restaurants are forced to change ingredients because adults can't make decent decisions on their own.
Aug 13, 2013 8:03PM
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I lose sh*t all the time - always happy to have it returned to me.
Aug 13, 2013 7:08PM
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I have picked up cigarette bbuuttttss that careless people dropped (still burning) and followed them.  I return it and say "here- you dropped this."  They seem bewildered.  I know that sounds extreme, but they do contain toxins that leach into the water supply, and they do start fires.

 

Aug 13, 2013 6:41PM
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Stuff it in their shorts.............
Aug 13, 2013 6:24PM
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I like how they put a percentage of improvement on the amount of poop being picked up after canines. I would like to shake the hand, er maybe not, of the man who kept that data. 
Aug 13, 2013 5:54PM
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That's quite ingenious!  People should pick up after their pets it's called being a responsible pet owner ... DUH!   I personally wouldn't be too happy if I stepped in the stuff ... YUK not to mention the mess on the bottom of your shoe. 
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