Moncton man wants dog poop bylaws enforced
The city says SPCA patrols parks every day, fining people who don't clean up after their pets
Wes Breau, who runs a company that cleans up dog waste on commercial and residential properties, is asking the city to do a better job of picking up dog poop on trails and in parks.
His home backs on a walking trail in Moncton and Breau says now that the snow is melting it is revealing a lot of dog waste from the winter on the trail and in his yard.
Breau says many of his clients are asking him why the city trails and parks haven't been cleaned up.
"Well there's pet waste everywhere," Breau said. "I'm sure people that walk the trails are walking through it and they'd probably confess to the same thing, it's everywhere."
There's not enough laws really or anybody really enforcing any rules against it so what do you think people are going to do — they're still going to let their dogs poop and pee wherever.- Wes Breau, Maritime Green
City spokesperson Isabelle LeBlanc says crews will complete a spring maintenance program that includes cleaning up parks and trails but that won't happen until the snow melts.
Breau calls pet owners who don't pick up after their dogs "lazy" and says the city should also be doing a better job of enforcing the bylaws that exist.
"There's not enough laws really or anybody really enforcing any rules against it so what do you think people are going to do — they're still going to let their dogs poop and pee wherever."
LeBlanc says animal control services are provided by the SPCA in Moncton.
"They do monitor and patrol the parks and the trails daily. Clearly they cannot be at all places at all times but they do go out every single day."
LeBlanc says fines range from $100 to more than $1,000 for people who don't pick up after their pets.
Breau says his phone continues to ring off the hook with people looking for help to clean up after the long winter.