To The Daily Sun,
A few nights ago, my husband and I decided to walk two of our dogs at Laconia High School. We do this at times when the roads are narrowed due to snowbanks and when there is excess sand on the roads. As we walked from the back of the building onto Dewey Street, we were appalled by the amount of dog feces around the new Huot Center. We saw multiple piles of feces on the outside of the Child Development Center's fenced in playground, that the children still use, weather permitting. Can you imagine the smell they have to endure? The piles continued as we walked through the parking lot, around the the Huot Center's dining room.
As dog owners who pick up after their dogs, it disturbs us to see this as the city ordinance clearly states: "Chapter 13 Animals: 113-10.1. Dog Waste. (added 7-22-1996 by Ord. No. 06.96.6)
A. Duty to dispose. It shall be the duty of each person who owns, possesses or controls a dog to immediately remove and dispose of any feces left by
his/her dog on any sidewalk, street or other public area. It shall further be the duty of each person who owns, possesses or controls a dog to
immediately remove and dispose of any feces left by his/her dog on any private property neither owned nor occupied by said person, unless said
private property owner or occupant agrees otherwise.
B. Duty to possess means of removal; disposal. No person who owns, possesses or controls such dog shall appear with such dog on any sidewalk, street,
park or other public area without means of removal of any feces left by such dog. Furthermore, no person who owns, possesses or controls such dog
shall appear with such dog on any private property neither owned nor occupied by said person without the means of removal of any feces left by said
dog, unless said private property owner or occupier agrees otherwise. Disposal of such feces shall be in a manner consistent with all applicable laws.
C. Enforcement; fines for violation. This section shall be enforced by the Laconia Police Department. Violation of this regulation shall be punishable by
a fine of $25 for each occurrence."
Irresponsible dog owners who will not take the time to clean up after their dogs inadvertently make responsible dog owners look bad. Those of us who
do take the time to clean up after our dogs as the law states often get lumped in with those who don't and that is not a fair characterization. It is also not fair for the students and staff of LHS to have to dodge dog feces as they walk around and between the two buildings nor is it fair to the people employed by the school who will have to clean up these piles of dog feces before they can start their spring lawn care duties.
Please, for the sake of the responsible dog owners, the children at the Huot Child Development Center and the staff & students of LHS, pick up after your dogs.