DANVERS (CBS) – Danvers plans to step up surveillance of its parks and fields due to a growing problem with dog owners who don’t pick up after their pets.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

It has become quite a problem at John George Park, where walking is now like an obstacle course with dog droppings everywhere.

That’s very frustrating for residents like Wendy Ambrose.

“It’s just disgusting, if you bring kids, the kids are stepping in it, bad problem,” said Ambrose.

Animal control officer Mike Plunquet said he can issue $25 tickets to pooper-scooper offenders, but he admitted it’s tough to enforce.

“It’s bad enough we got geese that leaves their waste too. The geese, we got a good control of them. But the dog stuff, you can’t see it unless you’re out there watching them. So, we just want people to take responsibilities for their own dogs.”

Comments (5)
  1. 1stackmack says:

    its time for a doggie diaper requirement.

  2. Barb says:

    Seems to be a big problem in all our parks here on the South Shore. Parks on Nat’l registers are now deemed dog parks..disgusting..and..people think leash laws do not apply in parks.

  3. T says:

    It stinks when responsible dog owners that pick up after their dogs get blamed along with the irresponsible ones.. ruins it for everyone.

    1. Pat says:

      I agree, those of us that always clean up after our dogs get a bad rap!
      I’ve even offered others plastic bags when they walk away only to be ignored or sworn at…
      What about a cell phone picture? or video? Maybe we could post these pictures in the paper!!

  4. Dan Brighton says:

    As gross as people not picking up, I’ve seen that a number of people put the dog waste into a plastic bag, but then they chuck the bag onto the street, or into the woods. REALLY gross.

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