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On a recent Sunday morning, I went for a walk and stopped by the Avis Campbell gardens. It was a cool crispy sunny day. I enjoyed the peace and quiet, and appreciated the beautiful sound of birds singing.

I was there all alone, until a middle-aged man showed up with a black dog. After the dog pooped, on top of a snow pile, the man proceeded to call the dog and was on his way out.

I said to him: “Excuse me, no dog poop bag?” His response was: “Uuhmmm, I’ll come back later. I live across the street.”

As I was leaving I mentioned to him that there was more fresh poop in the walkway.




He said: “Oh, I’ll move it out of your way,” and he kicked it to the side. Again he said he’ll be back later. I then saw him going back into his building across the street.

Three hours later I returned, but he had not come back to clean up his mess! I then noticed that there are many, many piles of poop all over the park, even next to the building near the side entrance.

It seems like this is a regular event that occurs here for dog owners. Where is their pride? 

These dog-walkers have made this area their personal dog park. And with no one there to call them up on it, they feel free to disrespect not only this public area, but also the hard work the volunteers put in, to turn this area into a beautiful place for all to enjoy!

I write to you because this problem is unacceptable. Those dog people need to search their consciences and hopefully find some form of decency, and begin to respect other peoples properties, and be thankful such a beautiful place is available for us to enjoy.

Mostly they need to respect themselves, and be proud citizens of this beautiful town we live in.

Jennifer Markham
Montclair


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