25 May 2018

CRAPshoot in Kingston

| MochaMan
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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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Doggie DNA register please, and a very heavy fine…

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.

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