Letter: Cleaning Up Dog Poop is Owners' Responsibility

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It was a much needed story, and hopefully more people will be aware and take positive action as a result.

Unfortunately, I have recently noticed another problem dog poop area—Los Gatos Boulevard.

My family walks to town down Los Gatos Boulevard at least three to four times a week. We have been noticing more and more dog poop on the sidewalk and in some of the yards along the way all the way down into Main Street.

And, it's not just lazy individual dog owners who are to blame. While driving down Los Gatos Boulevard the morning of June 14 before 10 a.m., on my way to work, I saw a "professional" dog walker—40-something-year-old white guy with a goatee wearing sunglasses—walking a herd of about six sport-type dogs (German short-haired Pointers, etc).

He stopped at the corner of Los Gatos Boulevard and Fillmer Avenue because one of the dogs he was walking had to do its business, and then continued on his way without even so much as pretending to be out of poop bags. I rolled down the window and very politely said, "Hey, I just wanted to let you know one of your dogs pooped back there." He looked annoyed and shouted back sarcastically that he couldn't hear what I was saying. Classy guy.

It's frustrating that some people need to be reminded of this, but can the Los Gatos Patch once again please help get the word out to Los Gatos dog owners and walkers that cleaning up dog poop is THEIR responsibility?

By the way, I should mention that I am a dog lover and a responsible dog owner.

Thanks and keep up the great work!

Judy Stanley June 18, 2012 at 06:59 PM
No wonder I see so many dog poop piles on My daily walks with my 2 dogs. I am pretty sure the dog walker withthe goatee is on some of the same streets I an on. I have also seen him many times. I literally have to watch my step daily because of all the dog poop , plus also the famous bluecolored filled and discarded poop bags. I always carry my poop bags all the way home , and I usually have 3 or 4 as I am walking 2 dogs. Also there us a street that Is at the end of hilow off blossom hill rd that has a path where you csn walk thru eucalyptus trees. It is literally strewn with dog poop. This must be the place where the non pooper scoopers take their dogs to dump and leave it. There are flies everywhere and poop all over. There is s certain mentality with a lot of people where they feel its ok to let their dogs poop anywhere and not clean it up. This is also s hazard to other dogs , especially smaller ones who step into it. My small dog has contracted intestinal gastritis twice this way. Come on people , pick up your dogs poop. Its not that difficult.
Larry Cargnoni June 18, 2012 at 08:23 PM
We had dinner in LG last evening...could not believe how many people were walking their dogs downtown...what, is that new status symbol? – They’re dressed up in heels and Tommy Bahamas . Yeah, I’m profiling, but 9 out of 10 dog walkers I saw didn’t look like “I pick up my dog’s crap off the curb” people. Also, our dinner was interrupted by a barking Chihuahua that owners brought into the restaurant – sitting at the table. Are you kidding me?!
Sandra Vaurs June 19, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Dogs are not allowed by the health department inside premises where food is being served. Larry, you should have informed the staff and insisted that the dog be removed. "Out, out, damned spot!"
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz June 20, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I don't get it myself. Leave you Dog at home. He/She suffers in this heat! It's just not good for them! And if you choose to take them out, be responsible!
New to Los Gatos June 04, 2014 at 07:06 PM
It's June 2014 and if anything, the dog poop problem has only gotten worse in Los Gatos, CA since this was originally posted. At what point do citizens' right to walk out of their home without steeping in dog waste or having it cover their yard daily exceed the right of dog owners? Obviously owners aren't being responsible, it's not going to change, so our approach has to change. It is reprehensible and it makes people who otherwise love dogs dread the sight of one . . .and their owners.


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