While there’s nothing worse than stepping into a pile of dog poop in the middle of the sidewalk, there is one consequence that may be more devastating in the long-run. The worse the dog poop crisis in NYC gets, the more likely people are going to be inclined to get rid of dogs -- and their poop, once and for all.
Over recent years there’s been a number of advocators for the banning of dogsin certain areas around the city. It may seem like a drastic solution until you realize that doggy doo-doo is a drastic nuisance. Those advocating for a ban argue that dog feces are just as, if not more disgusting and invasive as smoking in public spaces. This increases the pressure on governments to demonize and ban dogs from polluting city spaces with toxic poop.
Dogs however, have been a part of human society for centuries and banning them into exile because of irresponsible dog ownership is definitely not the best solution. New York City is already filled to the brim with dogs, with more dogs than people in Oakland, California! So you can see how banning 500,000 dogs from walking around in public spaces is practically impossible, and unethical since your dog wouldn’t be able to get their daily exercise, socialize with other dogs, or get some fresh air. However, stricter policies (rather than full on banning) such as limiting dog friendly spaces would still hinder the joy and freedom of owning a dog in NYC. It would only make it difficult for dog owners to find spaces where their dogs can freely roam and poop.
We live in a city that has the potential to be a canine utopia, with thousands of acres worth of parks and green open spaces, tons of dog-friendly dining, and a whole lot of love for our furry little friends. But even with all that love, us dog owners know thestruggle of owning a pup in NYC. Clearly, the biggest struggle involves bending down to pick up the lovely package your dog has proudly expelled for you and disposing of it correctly. Most people are just too grossed out to interact with poop a couple times a day - understandably so. Poop is pretty gross - let alone filled with parasites and diseases, so why leave it for someone else to run into? The only thing more unpleasant than cleaning up after your dog’s poop is cleaning up after someone else’s dog’s poop. Rise up to the responsibility as an NYC dog owner and local citizen - pick up after your pup!