NEWS/ CITY — Whether you call it poo, poop, crap, droppings or something more colourful, dogs are walking, dumping machines. And their owners are pretty good at picking up what their pets leave but they aren’t so good at disposing of the bags.
The City provides plastic doggie bags at locations near parks and trails for the convenience of dog owners to clean up after man’s and woman’s best friend.
Coun. Arjun Singh asked parks director Byron McCorkell at Tuesday’s council meeting if more signage would help remind people they’re supposed to take the plastic bags with them instead of dropping them on the ground after they’ve scooped the poop.
McCorkell admitted bags full of doggie dump aren’t a pleasant sight along trails. “It has become a bit of a tradition in Kamloops to see the bags along the trail,” he said.
“Fido will go within about one minute of coming out of the vehicle.”
Carrying a bag of dog droppings isn’t everybody’s idea of a good time, so a lot of dog owners clean up but leave the bags on the ground, he said. However, some of them do so planning to pick them up on the way back.
“My immediate thought is, at least it’s in a bag,” McCorkell said.
“We have a tremendous amount of dog activity in our parks and it’s good and bad.”
He showed council a new sign the City wants to use and said dog owners should be the ones who pay for any increase in efforts to keep parks and trails clear of the canine waste matter.