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CRAPshoot in Kingston

MochaMan 25 May 2018 33

Clean up after your dog!

PREFACE: Those that own dogs and are aware what a doggy doodoo bag actually is and what it is used for, please disregard the following article. Further, I love dogs – having owned one myself but not presently due to living in a unit.

Kingston is a nice place and has a lot going for it but an increasing number of a specific incident is becoming more common, especially at the Kingston Foreshore.

It has become the territory of the ‘Dirty Dog Sh#tter,’ where some people that purport to love their pets and be responsible dog owners, walk their dogs and let them take their dumps wherever they want and then fail to clean up the subsequent mess.

Where is this occurring, you may ask? It’s happening down on the grass, road, footpath, in front of units, businesses and if you’re at the Foreshore then I can confidently say probably coming to a location close to you.

After the act is conducted, the selfish, lazy, irresponsible dog owner/s then generally proceed to walk merrily on their way with their pets.

I witnessed an incident a month ago where I took the owner to task. More recently, the day before yesterday I let one go due to it being enabled by an overweight, elderly lady and her old, blue heeler cattle dog along Trevillian Quay ……. however in rethinking, next time I will be having words with her and also taking photographs and reporting this individual. I’m sure there will be a response, and I’m also absolutely confident that it won’t be an acceptance of responsibility.

I have seen residents on one side of the foreshore go to the extreme of actually spray painting signage on the footpath reminding people it is not a dog toilet on the grass in front of their units and that there is bushland across the road.

Residents have paid good money for real estate here, other Canberrans love coming here for the atmosphere/dining and business people don’t need this on the footpath in front of their premises. The foreshore is a high-density public area where families and kids regularly walk on the footpaths/grassed areas and next to the planted trees. This high-density environment also requires people to have respect for their neighbours.

I would like to know what, if anything, the council does or intends to do about this.

If you can’t clean up after your dog when it does it’s business in public, perhaps you should reconsider owning one, SERIOUSLY.


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33 Responses to CRAPshoot in Kingston
Lucy Baker Lucy Baker 5:33 pm 29 May 18

Doggie DNA register please, and a very heavy fine…

Lexie Donald Lexie Donald 8:21 pm 28 May 18

Lots of dog walkers are in the pick up five bits of rubbish groups

No friggin bins though

Kim Hooper Kim Hooper 4:43 pm 28 May 18

PS: I would rather avoid poop (yes...animal & human)that will break down & fertilise the earth, than have to pick up poop that has been carefully tied up in plastic & dumped....anytime!

    Melanie Lindner Melanie Lindner 6:19 pm 28 May 18

    I agree - I don't understand why people do that! If my dogs poop we scoop and then take the bags to be dropped in the nearest bin (even if that means carrying it home with us!). Mind you, more bins in public spaces would probably help with this and all the other rubbish you mention - it amazes me that people are so lazy / inconsiderate / disrespectful of others who share their space.

Kim Hooper Kim Hooper 4:38 pm 28 May 18

every day we walk our dog, MOST days we pick up all sorts of garbage just left on a bench seat or dumped in the waterways....we often collect dog poops tied up in plastic bags & dumped outside our back gate or along the bike path...more bins so people can do the right thing with ALL their rubbish, including used needles and syringes, beer cans & bottles, spray paint cans....you name it! Most humans just dont care about shared natural spaces nor respect waste disposal...😶

Chris Ellis Chris Ellis 5:02 am 28 May 18

In respect to witnessing someone not cleaning up after their dog I always give them a bag. They don't like it but what can they do?

Margaret Freemantle Margaret Freemantle 8:22 pm 27 May 18

Canberra is so short of bins and visible public loos- why?

Karen Vickery Karen Vickery 6:49 pm 27 May 18

Haven’t noticed this problem. Maybe he was unlucky that day

Kate Finch Kate Finch 6:49 pm 27 May 18

I have two large dogs, both of whom prefer alfresco poops to using their own backyard. I clean up after them, and carry (sometimes many) bags in search of a bin. I don’t understand why disposal facilities are so scarce. Surely more bins would encourage less littering, whether it be dog excrement or general rubbish.

Jennifer Jones Jennifer Jones 6:40 pm 27 May 18

Sorry but 'there aren't enough bins' is not an excuse for any dog owner to leave their dog's droppings behind, especially on a footpath. You know you have a dog, just prepare before you leave home and if you have to carry your plastic bags for a while till you reach a bin or home, so be it.

Nig Treth Nig Treth 5:13 pm 27 May 18

Adelaide has bins and freely-available dog bags everywhere throughout the city. It's brilliant. Yet along all of the walking paths around Canberra, there is not a bin to be seen, unless it's at a playground. I have a large dog who tends to prefer to poo while on his walk, rather than in the backyard (large dog = lots of big poos, sometimes up to five poos per walk; he's at least polite though, never does it on or near a footpath...😂). I get that people need to be more responsible, but I'm sure they would be if it meant you had somewhere to get rid of your dog poo!

Brindie Brindie 2:55 pm 27 May 18

This is a problem in all areas of Canberra. I own two beautiful dogs and walk them each day, but I get frustrated at those people who do not control their dogs and let their pets bother other people and who also leave the dog mess on the ground, particularly in parks where children play. I have reported some dog owners to Domestic Animal Services but nothing is done. This is yet another area where the ACT government needs to lift their game.

Cherisse Buzzacott Cherisse Buzzacott 11:39 am 27 May 18

Sarah Stewart was it you that said there weren’t enough bins?

Justin Stark Justin Stark 11:00 am 27 May 18

But Kingston foreshore is SodoSopa

Faith J. Humphries Faith J. Humphries 10:29 am 27 May 18

It is the same all over. Clean up after your dogs and yourselves people!

Donna Venables Donna Venables 9:29 am 27 May 18

Canberra has a major lack of garbage bins. None anywhere along bike or walking paths, parks, car parks.

    John Brinsmead John Brinsmead 10:00 pm 28 May 18

    oh yeah I should pay in rates because others can't take responsibility for their mess

Annie Wyer Annie Wyer 8:32 am 27 May 18

Maybe it’s the locals who feel it’s beneath them to pick up after their own dogs. After all, who’d be willing to travel any distance with their dog to drop by eateries that don’t allow dogs anyway...?

    Andrea Kerr Andrea Kerr 9:14 am 27 May 18

    You sound quite sour and bitter.

    Annie Wyer Annie Wyer 10:14 am 27 May 18

    Andrea Kerr on the contrary. I have two dogs and i carry bags all the time. I cant stand lazy ppl who dont clean up after their pets.

Kerrie Buitendam Kerrie Buitendam 8:11 am 27 May 18

Totally agree Kingston is very bad but seems to be most places too lazy

    Andrea Kerr Andrea Kerr 9:15 am 27 May 18

    I live in Kingston and walk my dog every day. I don't see a great deal of dog poo left around considering the large numbers of dogs we see.

Robyne Mitchell Robyne Mitchell 8:02 am 27 May 18

And they want to allow dogs on buses 🤣

Bec Moroney Bec Moroney 8:01 am 27 May 18

Im sick of having to take doggy bags to our footy oval to pick up dog $#** so our kids can play footy and us parents / coaches etc can stand on the sidelines without stepping in dog $#**. It's not hard ..if you're taking your dog for a walk ..take a doggy bag and pick up after your dog. Its so FU**ing rude !

Trish Doyle Trish Doyle 7:54 am 27 May 18

I have noticed that people take their little black bags, scoop up the mess (good on them) and then just toss the bag - and not in a bin.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 8:54 am 27 May 18

    I have noticed that too. And that is worse than just leaving the pile of dog poo on the ground, which would eventually rot away. Unlike the poo in the black bag under the fence.

    Donna Venables Donna Venables 11:34 am 27 May 18

    I find bags of dog poo on the trails on Mt Taylor. No bins at the carparks.

    Emma Hannan Emma Hannan 1:21 pm 27 May 18

    If bins were provided, that wouldn't happen as often. Still no excuse.

    Nahoom Oh Nahoom Oh 3:50 pm 27 May 18

    Yes that is completely unacceptable, I agree. And this is no excuse-but the is a real lack of bins around-sometimes you have to carry the dog poo bag with you for hours. Which again-we all should-but more bins would mean less people getting fed up and tossing the bag out of frustration.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 4:47 pm 27 May 18

    The sort of people who throw bags under bushes, bins likely won't make much difference to. They are just inconsiderate and lazy.

    Carla Rose Carla Rose 6:00 pm 27 May 18

    There isn't many public bins in Canberra. At the dog parks yes, but elsewhere no. I also find in other states, they provide dog bags so if people forget.

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