Shirley Jones is Mad About Your Dog’s Filthy Habits
by Avi - June 14, 2010 at 12:02 am -
By Shirley Jones
Do you see what I see? Dogs that relieve themselves on every pole, church and residential or commercial building.
Do you smell what I smell? Dog urine in parks, on the streets and in the air. NYC = Urine Town.
Do you hear what I hear? Dogs barking in the morning, dogs barking in the night, dogs crying, howling in apartments because the master has gone to work and the dog is “home alone”.
Should we begin to survey how many dogs are living in apartments block by block? Should we study dog behavior and examine our own behavior before we own a dog? Are there health risks that we should consider especially since dogs walk and toilet themselves on the same unsanitary streets that we and our babies walk on? Why can’t owners train their dogs to mark their territory at the curb?
Owners mostly walk their dogs in other people’s neighborhoods, especially in the New York City Housing Authority. I’m a witness — I live in the Amsterdam Houses.
Dogs relieve themselves among the flowers, trees, grass, fences, gates and garbage that’s left on the sidewalks. The owners are at fault. What ever happened to “Curb Your Dog”? By the way, we also have to share the elevators with dogs and certain stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond, the new Walgreens and TD Bank encourage owners to bring their dogs.
I say that the master is the slave and we are the victims!
Shirley Jones is a longtime community activist on the Upper West Side. Check out all of the columns by Shirley Jones here.
(Photos by Glark and Avi)