A volunteer poop patrol has scooped up pounds of dog poop from Dunedin’s popular West Harbor walkway.
A few weeks ago, Antonia Wood told: Checkpoint her family was tired of scraping dog poop, so she basically highlighted every last dog thrown away to show how crappy the situation is.
Wood and 10 volunteers from the POOP (Poo Off Our Paths) group then literally took matters into their own hands.
“I sprayed all the dog poop along the West Harbor walkway from St. Leonard into town with some water-soluble hi-vis spray paint, just to show how much dog poop there actually was. And also so other people wouldn’t hit them like us. had done,” said Wood.
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“We’ve filled two large plastic bins with our compostable bags from everyone’s collection and we think we got about 30 pounds of dog poop,” Wood says.
“We can barely lift the tub at the end of the cleanup.
“I brought it back to my house and I’m just going to dig a hole in our section in the bush and bury it. So I’ve got that job to do next.”
She said there was a combination of a lack of responsibility from some dog walkers who don’t look after their dogs, and some who don’t mind leaving the poop behind.
“I think some people think they don’t need to remove it, but just swiping it to the side of the path is OK and I think some people don’t watch their dogs all the time while they walk so they may have them not on a leash and do not see the poop to pick up.”
Woods hoped to raise awareness, with Dunedin City Council also getting involved and installing additional signs.
“We now have a bunch of signs along the walkway about scooping the poop and keeping your dogs on a lead. So I hope that will help.
“I hope this raises awareness of the responsibility of dog walkers so that we don’t have to keep doing this because we just want the dog walkers to do their own thing. [dog] poop at home.”
Signage warns dog walkers that they can be fined up to $300 if they leave dog poop.