Town returns dog poop to owners
Feces sent to residents in boxes labeled 'lost and found.'
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.
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.
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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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!
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