It is a bylaw infraction not to pick up after your dogs, and that includes once you bag the evidence.
“This is a great example of what not to do with your doo,” said Bentley Dzogan who stumbled on 71 individually bagged surprises in a few square meters of bush along Moilliet Street in Parksville on Thursday.
Equipment operator Dzogan was clearing the vacant land at Despard and Highway 19A, the proposed site of a new Quality Foods for Robie’s Contracting.
“I walked into the bush to check for pipes and they were all over the place,” he said, including “hanging from the trees like decorations.”
Parksville director of corporate services Debbie Comis said owners are required to clean up after their dogs by Dog Licence Bylaw 1284.
“We basically have to catch them in the act,” she admitted, pointing out it would be hard to prove who did it.
She said the bylaw officer usually lets people off with a warning the first time, but has given out $50 tickets for the offence.
Dzogan, who was beside himself over the idea of people bothering to stop and pick it up but then leaving it there, said he was worried about little kids finding it.
The cache was just off a sidewalk commonly used by children walking to and from Springwood Elementary School, and Dzogan said he was worried about the way kids tend to explore bushes and the diseases that can be transmitted by feces.
He said he hoped going to
The NEWS would help shame people out of the habit, which he said he’s noticed in many places, including other spots around that property alone.