Dog owners to police waste pickup

Dog walkers not picking up pet waste made for animated discussion at a recent selectmen’s meeting, but according to one town official, pet owners are taking care of the matter themselves. Some officials wanted to boost fines, but Town Administrator Michael Gagne said dog owners have stepped forward “and went to the issue of the need to self-police. For those not picking up, they’ll say something to them and outline the reasons they should.” One of the problems, officials said, is waste leaching into the ground and increasing bacteria levels near town beaches. Some dog owners complained there weren’t enough waste-disposal stations around town, Gagne said, adding that the town is increasing those stations from four to nine. “I could see dog lovers understood what we were trying to address,” Gagne said.