Dog poo fines are needed
We are skiers who love Summit County and its wonderful skiing opportunities. We have been coming every year for fourteen years. We finally bought a condo in Frisco eight years ago so we can spend several months here each year.This winter as we have walked on the bike path, both my husband and I have been abhorred at the large number of dog piles. Currently, there are as many as 500 to 800 huge dog piles from large dogs (possibly 10 gallons) on or within a few feet of the bike trail starting at The Towers and going a quarter of a mile in either direction.We also won and walk our AKC dog two to three times each day. Usually we walk our dog in cleaner neighborhood areas. It has been my own determination to pick up as many of the dog piles from other dogs as I possibly can each time I walk. Sometimes this is very difficult because the piles are often frozen; nonetheless I usually pick up a bag full. We have never left any trace of our dog to ruin the scenery or the bike path for others.I traveled extensively in Russia in 1980 when Russia was just beginning to allow visitors from other countries to visit as tourists. At that time, there were almost no roadside restrooms and our tour bus had to stop along the roadside every few hours and allow the men to walk into the woods on one trail and the women to walk into the woods on a different trail. The stench and the piles of human excrement were almost identical to what we are currently observing here in Summit County. I believe that our citizens are making our country look and smell like a third-world country.I have been wondering about the upcoming snowmelts and the spring’s rains and have thought that all of the remains from the animal feces will be washing into Lake Dillon and into the Denver drinking water.I have wondered why people are not allowed to swim in Dillon Reservoir; however there are no restrictions about animals defecating within 100 feet of the lakeshores.I spoke recently to another dog owner (who made no pretense about picking up after his dog) that I felt it was important to clean up after our dogs. His answer to me was, “well that’s just how it is here in the outdoors.” I was busy picking up after other dogs, including his, but his attitude indicated that he had no concern whatsoever about the problem. I have only observed on other dog owner picking up after his dog. Most of the dogs that we observe every day are released from their leashes until they have completed their jobs. The owners “look the other way” and eventually hook their dogs up to their leashes and continue on their way.Can’t we have a legal fine in this county, at least, around our beautiful Dillon Reservoir, whereby dog owners would receive at least a $300 first time offense fine for not picking up after their dog? I think that fine should then become $500 for a second offense and $1,000 for the third offense. Monies generated from these fines could provide stations every 1,000 feet with super scooper bags for proper dispensing of dog piles. If this cannot become a rule or law, then I believe that dogs should be banned from all bike trails and possibly be kept a thousand or more feet back from lake areas.
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