The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 2, 2013

Your View: Your dog, your responsibility

By Diane Slater
Special to The Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — It’s spring and folks are out walking their dogs again. I am among them. However, I seem to be among the few who think it’s not only considerate to clean up after my dog but know it is also required by city ordinance (Sec. 18-43. — Removal and disposal of droppings).

“Every owner or other person in control of a dog shall cause the droppings there from to be properly disposed of so that neither odor, disease nor flies shall be allowed to congregate thereon. No owner or other person in control of a dog shall allow such dog to defecate upon public property, streets or rights-of-way, or upon property of any other person without his permission, unless the owner or person in control of such dog shall take adequate measures to remove such droppings.”

It’s your dog, it’s your responsibility.

It’s beyond inconsiderate, especially to those people with extendable leashes, who allow their dogs to go into other people’s yards and flower beds to do their business. Why on earth do you think other people want that mess in their yard when you obviously don’t want it in yours? This is one instance where you can be fined for being rude.

Dianne Slater