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Patch Watch: Undisposed Poop Bags on Los Gatos Creek Trail

Our weekly look at blight and other problem zones in and around Los Gatos.

Poop bag dispensers are found along the and pet owners are using them.

The only problem is that some of the odorous baggies are being dumped behind trees along certain parts of the path.

Last week, we spotted several of the blue bags full of poop. We were happy we weren't stepping in it, but we weren't happy about seeing it or smelling it.

Despite the bags being securely tied—thank goodness the pet owners completed this step of the process—they were still stinking up the place.

LOCATION: Los Gatos Creek Trail

PROBLEM: poop bags left on the ground

RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Department, (408) 399-5770, or email department director Todd Capurso at tcapurso@losgatosca.gov.

DATE REPORTED: March 22, 2012

DAYS ON WATCH: 6

Marsha Levinson March 27, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Are there trash cans near the dispensers? That may help !
Marguerite Palmer Padovani March 27, 2012 at 04:08 PM
The trail needs more disposal garbage cans for the poop bags..they are not on the trail but at the trailhead, there is a poop bag dispenser..that's it...so, perhaps people don't want to carry the odorous bag and give in and discard on the trail..
Larry Arzie March 27, 2012 at 04:11 PM
The inconvenience of carrying around a bag load of .......... could be mitigated by having a tiny shovel in your back pocket, saving the bag for when it happens where there is no where to bury the evidence.
AR March 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
as long as the poop is off to the side of the the trail, it shouldn't be in a bag at all. nature has been efficiently recycling waste products for billions of years. plastic bags are petroleum products. creating the bags, shipping the bags, and disposing of the bags releases more CO2 into the atmosphere, and like all processes involving petroleum products, consumes massive amounts of freshwater. furthermore, accumulating garbage in one location such as landfills creates toxic environments that cannot be easily accommodated by the ecosystem. when distributed uniformly through a natural environment, waste materials are broken down without any of these ill-effects. the plastic poop bag is a well-intentioned mistake.
Sandra Vaurs March 27, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Picking up after your dog is not anyone else's responsibility but the dog owner. The trash can at Forbes Mill Museum has disappeared and would be helpful to abate this problem.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz March 27, 2012 at 09:47 PM
O K this is just WRONG! If you're responsible enough to curb your dog. Be responsible enough to throw it in a Trash Container! REALLY NOW!
Mary Smith March 27, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Oh for God's sake!! This is just disgusting!!!!! Yes, there should be trash cans made readily available for disposal of the blue bags. But, jeez people!!! If you HAVE to, you should carry your bag of dog crap all the way home!! If you aren't respectful and responsible enough to do THAT, you have NO business owning a dog in the first place!!!
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz March 28, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I'm in Total Agreement With Ya Mary Smith! I curb my dog, & everybody's else s dog around where I live. People aren't going to change, so I decided to quit complaining & just DO IT!
Kim Daly March 28, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Am I missing something? If your dog does his duty on the trail, as a responsible pet owner you need to remove it. It is not someone else's responsibility to clean up after you. Yes, it smells, why would you leave "it" for others to deal with? Once again, irresponsible pet ownership!
Jeanne Rajabzadeh March 28, 2012 at 04:00 AM
The trail is littered with these poop bags and coffee cups. So gross! Maybe a few cans along the trail would help, but people still need to clean up their own mess. Any garbage you generate you should take out with you, just like you would do at any park or beach. You make the mess, you clean it up. There is no maid service!
jameraqui March 28, 2012 at 04:04 AM
i think they should make dogs wear diapers..
Dyan Chan April 03, 2012 at 04:30 AM
This is a pet peeve of mine (no pun intended)! Yes, it should be cleaned up, and yes it should be thrown away! The comment about it being off the trail and letting nature take care of it did make me pause ... the problem is I think there's a gray area: is six inches off the trail enough? Three? What about the kiddos who like to run through the leaves at the edge of the trail? Another problem is some of the garbage cans in town have an inner receptacle surrounded by a "decorative" outer covering made of slats. The problem here is some dog owners do the responsible thing and pick up after their pets AND try to throw it in the garbage can, but the filled bag somehow makes it in between the slats and the can, trapping the goodies forever. Totally revolting!
Lannie Miller September 29, 2012 at 11:57 PM
There isn't a park in Los Gatos for children only. Dogs are allowed on every trail and park--and since there are clearly countless irresponsible animal owners leaving trails and piles of fecal matter around town--that means kids either have to live on concrete or risk wipe-outs in others' dog's nasty mess. Dog's and their owners are the priority over parents and their children. Los Perros. Regarding AR's comment: yes, nature, in much different proportions and ratios took care of the poop. Too many dogs concentrated in one area = piles of ca ca!

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