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Bay Ridge Dog-Owners Want Department of Sanitation to Put Garbage Cans on More Streets

Dirty dogs! Bay Ridge dog-owners blame poop-strewn streets on city

Hold it in! Bay Ridge dog walkers say there's no place to deposit their best friend's droppings, leaving canine's like Wa Wa the Chihuahua no place to go.
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Bay Ridge dog-owners are foaming at the mouth over the lack of neighborhood trash cans — a state of affairs they claim has given them no place to put their best friend’s doo-doo bags and turned the streets into a minefield of improperly-disposed animal waste.

Angry pooch-lovers say that only Third and Fifth avenues have garbage receptacles on each block, while Fourth Avenue only has baskets near the train stations — leaving thoroughfares like Narrows Avenue, Colonial Road, Ridge Boulevard, and Sixth Avenue without any place to make necessary dog walk drop-offs.

“Are we supposed to carry trash and dog dump around with us all the time?” asked Tom Mills, who we caught carrying a knotted bag of his best friend’s feces for more than 10 blocks, looking for a place to throw his package out. “When I was growing up there was a garbage can on every corner. Some people are just lazy, but it really is an inconvenience to carry this around.”

Ridge residents and the city’s Department of Sanitation have often quibbled over how many garbage cans the neighborhood should have, yet City officials maintain that most blocks don’t qualify for trash receptacles.

“The Department of Sanitation places litter baskets in high-trafficked pedestrian streets and areas such as transportation hubs, shopping areas, and bus stops,” said city spokeswoman Kathy Dawkins, who noted that the can-less corridors are in quiet residential areas that don’t meet the department’s criteria.

Some residents say the lack of cans have forced dog walkers to leave their pet’s deposits on the street.

“If there were more trash cans, they’d be better about it,” said Cindy Bajraktarevic.

Others argue that the city’s standards have let Bay Ridge go to the dogs.

“Obviously, what they’re doing isn’t working,” said Maria Davis. “You have to carry it around for blocks and blocks, so some people just don’t clean up.”

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at wbredderman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/WillBredderman

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Or from Yellow Hook says:
Magical thinking meets the law of unintended consequences.

Guess which one wins?
Oct. 5, 2012, 7:15 am
Pic Lover from Pixville says:
Great shot, Tom Callan! Chihuahua interruptus!
Oct. 5, 2012, 12:24 pm
Stu from OC says:
Trashcans won't solve it. Dog-owners are just lazy and inconsiderate. I lived on the border of Windsor Terrace and Park Slope and then in Brooklyn Heights, and those neighborhoods have trashcans all over the place, but dog refuse was still a problem every where you went.

If you're gonna be lazy and leave it all on the ground, at least curb you dog.
Oct. 5, 2012, 1:09 pm
Dennis the Menace from Way uptown says:
Dogs should be banned from this city. These 'animal loving' people let their dogs poop all over the place. It is disgusting. Very often if they do bother to clean up after Fido, they throw the poop filled plastic bags down the sewer which just winds up in our waterways and beaches. Gross!!!

Join me in calling for a dog-free NYC!!
Oct. 5, 2012, 1:36 pm
rea from Bay Ridge says:

Stu says dog owners are lazy and inconsiderate. Dennis the Menace wants dogs banned from the city. I happen to be an "animal lover" and am far from lazy or inconsiderate. I am also disgusted by folks who leave a mess on the sidewalks. I have approached them about it. There is no reason not to clean up. If they must carry it around until they reach their residence and put it in their own receptacle then so be it. But to be so quick to judge as lazy and inconsiderate and to try to ban dogs - good luck. Maybe the first you can try to get rid of are service dogs who aid so many disabled people. Dogs are man's best friends maybe you should get one as it sounds like you don't have too many human companions.
Oct. 7, 2012, 8:02 am
Green Dog from Flatbush says:
My grandmother trained her dog to use a litterbox under the sink. Owner handles the entire problem because...they are the owner (duh). Don't mothers carry dirty diapers home? Take your mess with you (- another kind of doggie bag LOL).
If your dog is too big to fit under the sink then get an urban dog. Dogs are closeted in an apartment; they're related to wolves for Pete's sake-makes sense in the 'burbs, not here.
Dog feces burns grass since it's protein not veggie based and the urine stains the sidewalks, brings flies and frankly when you return to nyc from a trip you realize Brooklyn Stinks because of the "going" of too many dogs. Enough is enough! Environmental Impact Study Please!
Oct. 7, 2012, 8:09 am
Mike from Bay Ridge says:
Are dogs in New York City a recent phenomenon? Haven't they been with us since the Dutch settled the islands a few hundred years ago? There wasn't this much complaining about them even in the days before the pooper-scooper laws went into effect (around 35 years ago)!

Since the city needs the money (hasn't it always?), why not just assign the police, meter maids and sanitation crews to hand out tickets to walkers they catch not picking up after their dogs? It's a crime isn't it? I've yet to hear of anyone getting a ticket for neglecting to clean up after their dogs. Do it often enough--and publicize it--and you'll see less of it.
Oct. 8, 2012, 1:45 pm
Harry from Bay Ridge says:
"Some residents say the lack of cans have forced dog walkers to leave their pet’s deposits on the street."

"Forced"? Give me a break. I've had dogs all of my life and was never "forced" to dump their waste in the street. You carry the stuff until you find a city trashcan or can deposit it, multi-bagged, in your own garbage. (Hey, it works for Pampers.) When you know there are few trashcans you bring extra bags so that you can triple bag it and make carrying less unpleasant.

It's not as if we and our dogs are heading right from a walk to a red- carpet or white-tie event. One way or another we'll encounter an appropriate trash receptacle. Anything else is sheer laziness.
Oct. 11, 2012, 11:35 am

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