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I Need Your Help . . . Dealing With Irresponsible Pet Owners

Turns out it's not just pet owners leaving doodoo on the sidewalk, but other places pups play as well. A TeamSugar user wrote in about this problem encounter:

I like to run every day and often I run on the track at my local public high school. There are way more dog walkers than joggers there! While I don't have a problem with dogs, the vast majority of them are not on leashes. Over a year ago while I was running there a dog came charging at me and I thought it would dodge or run alongside me, but it ran straight into me and knocked me over! I was fine and the owner apologized and was very concerned. What if I had been an elderly person? I could have gotten hurt.

The other problem is that most of the dog owners don't carry poop bags and there's a lot of doggy doo on the football field. I doubt the high school would be happy to get a call about the matter, but it's unlikely that they'll do anything. I sometimes want to tell dog owners to put their dogs on a leash, but that feels like it would be rude and there are so many irresponsible dog owners doing this. And there's no way of knowing which dog exactly is pooping on the field. What should I do?

I'm assuming this isn't officially a dog-friendly space, but I know from experience that makeshift dog runs turn up in the most surprising spots in places with limited fenced-in areas or safe parks – there's a tennis court near my apartment that's commonly used for this. It may be a problem for the officials, but please share any tips in your comments below.

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