Maya Mork takes her dog Piper for a walk on Monday, Feb. 12. (Image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Peeved about poop

Salmon Arm woman perturbed with number of dog deposits on local trails

Maya Mork is not looking forward to the spring. Not that she doesn’t enjoy the season, but she’s perturbed about something else.

“I just got a dog a few months ago,” she says. “I started noticing, with all the snow around, it’s very obvious – there’s dog poo everywhere. Basically anywhere I go with my dog.”

She says her family used to go to Little Mountain Park but they don’t like to go there anymore.

“Especially in the spring when it melts, there are thousands of dog poos in there, it’s so gross.”

Similar complaints have been heard about other areas in the spring, such as the Salmon Arm wharf.

Mork says the new dog park in Klahani Park is particularly bad right now.

“It’s weird – it’s like people think that because it’s a dog park, they don’t have to pick up after their dog.”

Related link: The ethics of poop shaming

She’s also noticed the problem around the South Canoe trails.

“The land mines are everywhere. I feel sorry for cross-country skiers; if they fall there – it’s poo all the way up the roadway.”

Mork walks her children to Hillcrest Elementary regularly.

“Even in the school yards – people will leave it in the school yard,” she says.

She would like to see more spots with doggy bags, but even that doesn’t seem to be a solution.

“I don’t know why people would not pick up after their dog. It’s not like you’d let your child run around without a diaper and then just leave it around. It’s weird.”

At the city, staff say there are no plans to install doggy bag dispensers at the South Canoe trail head.

However, staff are well aware that even where there are dispensers, some people ignore them.

States Rob Niewenhuizen, director of engineering and public works:

“What is really unfortunate is that we do have dispensers at the new dog park and near the ball fields at Klahani and for some reason all of these areas are covered in dog feces even one foot away from the actual dispenser.

“Another problem that we find is that even when the doggie bags are used, some pet owners throw the bags into the forest or leave them on the trails.

“It is the responsibility of the owners to clean up after their pets.”


@SalmonArm
marthawickett@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

First Nations group takes up biosolids protest

Online call to action asks Secwepemc to stand against and stop the dumping of biosolid

WildsafeBC comes to the Okanagan to reduce wildlife conflict

Bear activity on the Westside has been an issue in the past few weeks

Helping people through the worst days of their lives

Police Based Victim Services grateful for the many agencies which provide local support

Driver, animals escape injury after collision near Sicamous

RCMP say road conditions were not a factor in afternoon crash

Fifth cannabis store proposed for downtown

City of Salmon Arm policy limits number cannabis retailers in core to four

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

North Okanagan tests out two $10/day childcare sites

Katrine Conroy came to Vernon to tour universal child care prototype sites, including the one at Maven Lane

Penticton sets cap of 14 cannabis stores, removes buffer zone

The city previously relied on a buffer zone and scoring matrix to limit number of stores

Okanagan medical cannabis shop shutting doors

Herb’s Health Centre has been operating without a city business licence for nearly a year

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Witness says Kelowna man on trial for murder admitted to the killing

Steven Pirko is charged in the killing of Christopher Ausman in 2014

Bucking bulls return to Okanagan raceway Sunday

Bull Riders Canada returns to the South Okanagan with some of the top riders in Canada

Most Read