East Boston Residents Say Dog Owners Not Picking Up After Pups

EAST BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Dog poo litters the sidewalks in East Boston, and neighbors say they're fed up with irresponsible dog owners.

Rita owns a bakery in Jeffries Point. The tree planted on the sidewalk outside her front door is a favorite spot for dogs looking to do their business, she tells WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small.

"They stop right there and they wait every day," she said. "And another thing, if they clean it up, they leave the bag there."

Another woman said she's lived in Jeffries Point her entire life, and has seen the problem get progressively worse year after year.

"Anybody who's got their dogs on the street and poops here just leaves it, and it's a disgrace," she said. "You don't want to smell it. And it makes it bad for the people like me and other people I know that pick up their dogs."

According to the City of Boston website, owners are required to pick up after their dogs.

"You're required by law to remove and dispose of your dog's waste," the site reads. "This applies to waste on sidewalks, streets and parks, and neighbors’ yards. You must be prepared to clean up after your dog when walking them, either with a bag or some other means. The law also states that you must dispose of the waste either in a toilet or trash can."

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WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports

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