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Christmas has come and gone for another year and under many Christmas trees this year were new family pets.

Despite warnings from some humane society branches, many choose to buy a family dog or cat for the holidays.

With the new addition to the family comes the responsibility to maintain the pet and, for those who decide not to be pet owners, to clean up after the animals, especially in public areas such as parks.

On any given day, visitors to Farragut’s Campbell Station Road Park are joined by pet owners walking their dogs — rarely cats.

Many who walk their animals must think of the park as a giant “doggie wasteland” of some type because even though the town has supplied solid waste disposal materials many pet owners allow their animals to defecate and then walk away.

Under the town’s Use of Park and Recreational Facilities ordinances, the town clearly states it is the responsibility of the pet owner or “person having the custody or control of any dog or other animal shall have the responsibility for cleaning up any solid waste of the animal. ...”

Town staff have told the farragutpress that on occasion Public Works employees have been dispatched to clean the parks of animal waste.

This is not only a waste of staff time, but a waste of taxpayers dollars to pay public employees to clean up after irresponsible pet owners. The parks, especially the open areas, are for everyone and not for canine waste deposits.

 

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