IPSWICH — Matt Antczak is well known in this picture-perfect coastal community, even feared. And as he patrols downtown in his uniform, his face contorts regularly into disgust at what he sees again and again: dog waste.
Along the riverwalk, on the sidewalk, in playgrounds his eye is drawn to dog droppings, and his anger turns toward the humans who failed to pick them up. His zeal has generated some derision.
“I don’t care what they call me,” Antczak says as he stops to point out frozen dog waste in the gray snow in front of the Post Office. “It just means I’m doing my job. This is a beautiful town and it should be a clean town.”
Antczak is Ipswich’s animal control officer. He gives tickets for violations of the scoop law, but he’s frustrated by how much he misses. Now, he’s dreamed up a solution: Collecting DNA from every dog in town as a way to identify individual offenders.
Two women spot Antczak and approach with a wave of enthusiasm.
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