Inconsiderate behavior: Allowing unleashed dogs to defecate on a resident’s property

Many years ago, after observing a neighbor watch his unleashed dog do its business in my front yard on several occasions, I asked that he pick up after his dog. I had observed this same person watching his unleashed dog foul other neighbors’ yards. Several times I found bags of pet waste in my trash cans, which took weeks, after cleaning, to get rid of the odor. Finally, I made a sign that I attached to the street side of my fence that read: “My yard and trashcans are not for your pet’s waste! Please be considerate!”

After there had been no rude activity for a while, I removed the signs. In the past few months, the pet waste in my yard’s waste cans — which is illegal — has increased. Last weekend, as I was leaving to run an errand, there was a large unleashed dog 12 feet into my front yard about to do its business. I yelled at it, while the owner meekly scolded it saying, “You’re not supposed to go there.”

Yesterday my sign, which had been leaning against a rock since before Christmas, was lying in my driveway with the attached bag of waste removed. There are only two public places in Del Mar where dogs don’t have to be leashed. This behavior is rude, inconsiderate, unneighborly and dangerous.

Linda Deftos,

Del Mar

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