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The straight poop on cleaning up after your dog

Tired of seeing dog waste, Matt Antczak, Ipswich animal control officer, wants to collect DNA on the animals.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Tired of seeing dog waste, Matt Antczak, Ipswich animal control officer, wants to collect DNA on the animals.

Thanks so much for “Vigilance unleashed” (Page A1, March 4), about Matt Antczak, the Ipswich animal control officer who has had it with dog poop. As a dog owner, I too am appalled at the number of droppings I encounter on my daily walks. I try to imagine what’s going through these dog owners’ heads.

Here are the excuses I’ve come up with for not picking up after your dog, and here’s why they’re all terrible:

Nobody does.

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Be part of the solution rather than the problem.

It’s off the sidewalk, so no one will step in it.

Someone will step in it. And even if not, you can still see it, right?

I forgot to bring a bag.

Remember the location, go home and get a bag, then return and pick up the poop. What a hassle, right? Next time it will be easier to remember a bag.

It will decompose on the dirt or grass.

That takes an awfully long time.

It’s up to the property owner to clean up.

OK. What’s your address?

I didn’t see where he went.

You know your dog is going to poop. In fact, that’s probably the main reason you’re taking him out. So keep an eye on him.

I kicked snow over it.

Snow melts. Poop does not.

My kid walks the dog and sometimes forgets to pick up.

This is a teachable moment.

I’m elderly and could lose my balance if I have to bend down.

Flexrake Jaws Scoop, relatively cheap. Get one.

It’s gross to handle poop.

Nobody enjoys it. But it’s an essential part of the package, as much as feeding and training.

Some people see Antczak as an extremist because he wants to gather DNA from all dogs in order to determine the poop perps. It’s sad that he has to go this far. But if that’s what it takes, I say carry on, my friend.

Susan Gilday


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