Dog owners don’t get down to business

It would be my vote to not allow any more dog off-leash areas within the city, until all owners can show responsible dog ownership.

To the editor:

OK, I am fed up with the dog owners who are not picking up their dog’s business in the Mission Park Greenway.

I use the Mission Park Greenway almost every day to run and ride my bicycle. I live nearby and absolutely love the park. Now that the snow is on the ground it is completely obvious that there are numerous dog owners who refuse to pick up their dog piles.

To see for yourself, go to the main entrance and walk right or left down the path for half a kilometre and you will see dog pile after dog pile left for all of us to enjoy.

I see and hear the letters and stories in the news of dog owners wanting to use more parks and beaches in Kelowna. They are fed up with limited areas to run their dogs. Well, if our beaches and parks are going to be in the same doggie–do state as they are in the Mission Park, then they will all be very disgusting.

In the summer months, it seems the people can get away with all the little messes left without being noticed but in the winter months with the snow cover, the truth is there for all to see.

There are people who do pick up the piles and I see and appreciate their effort. I also see dogs off-leash and owners allowing dogs to run at will and poop everywhere. This is an “on-leash” park. I commented to a fellow yesterday about his leaving the dog-do for all of us, which he then proceeded to berate me.

Me! It was his dog crapping in the park and him not cleaning it up. Very disappointing.

It would be my vote to not allow any more dog off-leash areas within the city, until all owners can show responsible dog ownership.

Mark O’Brien,

Kelowna