Clean up after your dogs, New Bedford [OPINION]

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When I was a child in the Dark Days, it was not uncommon for dogs to roam free in New Bedford neighborhoods. If there was a “dog catcher” or animal control officer in the early 1960s, I never saw one.

I remember being maybe three or four years old, and there was a mean dog that roamed around my neighborhood at will. As the dog wandered around, mothers would scatter to grab their children and head inside until the threat passed. I don’t remember seeing the dog attacking anyone, but his reputation was bad.

Dogs were running around back then. Most of the time, they weren’t bothering anyone – but they were pooping everywhere. Walking in dog poop was a fairly common occurrence during this time. It was not very hygienic, to say the least. And the stench! Phew!

Well, since those days we have evolved and thank goodness our laws too. Dogs should be kept on a leash at all times when in public places, and their humans should clean up after them. At least, that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Not everyone follows the rules.

There are still some crazy people who refuse to clean up after their dogs. As a result, there are dog pies all over the area. It’s disgusting. We have evolved, remember? There’s nothing like taking a stroll on the new Harbor Walk and avoiding dog poop. It is the same in the parks.

Most public places that allow dogs provide cleaning bags for easy pickup after Fido. Why aren’t more people doing it? Do they like to see the mess? Maybe they don’t see it, and that’s the problem. Places such as the Harbor Walk should have trash cans accessible to users. Maybe it would encourage them to clean up after their pet.

Come on New Bedford, be responsible. If your dog does a mess, clean it up.

Barry Richard is the host of the Barry Richard Show at 1420 WBSM New Bedford. It can be heard on weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @ BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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