I don't mean to poo on anyone's parade because I'm sure going for a walk with Fido is a happy time, but what's not happy is going for a walk and stepping in stinky dog poo.

Binghamton is actually a really nice city.  We've got tons of trees and parks and walking paths. I love seeing families out for a stroll and people walking their dogs, but seriously! What's up with all the poo? I've actually seen people let their dog poo in someone's yard and then just walk away, leaving a hot mushy mess on a strangers property.

Nothing ruins a nice walk faster than stepping in poo. Have you ever tried to clean dog poo off your shoes?  That stuff sticks like rubber cement.  The solution is simple- pick up the poo. There are a lot of people who are responsible and do pick up after their pets, but to the ones who don't, I ask why?  All it takes is a minute. Please don't even for a single second think that I don't like dogs or dog owners because that couldn't be further from the truth.  I just don't like stinky, sticky dog poo laying around where I (or others, for that matter) could step in it.

Since some might not be aware of the Binghamton dog poop laws, so here they are according to the City of Binghamton Code of Ordinances:

§ 178-26.  Duty to remove. It shall be the duty of each dog owner or person having possession, custody or control of a dog to remove any feces left by his or her dog on any sidewalk, gutter, street, grassy area between the street and sidewalk, park, school yard or other public property and to dispose of the same in a safe and sanitary manner. § 178-10. (3)   Any persons with a dog or other pet in his or her possession or under his or her control in any designated off-leash area shall be responsible and liable for the conduct of the animal, shall carry equipment for removing feces, and shall places feces deposited by such animal in an appropriate receptacle.


So what happens if you let your dog poo and don't clean it up?  You could be slapped with a hefty fine.  And that would REALLY stink.