Dogs in the United States and across the globe are using streets as their toilets and leaving the mess behind. Pedestrians are stepping in it. Children are possibly being sickened by it. Municipal sanitation departments are being burdened by it.
And so cities, tired of the turd, are devoting precious brainstorming hours to inventing ever-more-novel ways to combat it….
In 2013, Brunete, a suburb of Madrid, boxed up dog feces and mailed it to scofflaw owners. For two weeks, volunteers spied on dog walkers, sidled up to those who didn’t scoop and asked the name of the pooch — which, because most were registered with the city, was usually enough information to determine the owner’s address. Mayor Borja Gutierrez told the New York Times that the problem was the No. 1 constituent complaint, and that the mail-bombs had improved things by 70 percent.
“It’s your dog, it’s your dog poop. We are just returning it to you,” Gutierrez said.