The Water Department has put out a call for dog owners who live in Lower Moyamensing to nominate their pets to become a spokesdog – and owners can win $200.
It’s an education campaign to try to show dog owners that even if they leave a pile just that one time, it is nasty and can leach what is essentially poison into the rivers through storm runoff. Says the Water Department:
Each spokesdog will be chosen at a community event and the winning dogs’ images will be used on a number of brochures, advertisements, websites, etc. Winning spokesdogs will be ambassadors to the City for living the eco-friendly dog life.
To enter the contest and for more information, go here. You’ll also find some info on that link that will make your skin crawl. We’re not sure why Lower Moyamensing was in this round of spokesdogs, by the way. Juniata is the other neighborhood up this time.
Regardless, it’s a problem. This Inquirer story notes that conservative estimates say 15 percent of waste is left behind. As you may know, ridding our sidewalks of errant dog shit has been one of Passyunk Post’s crusades from the beginning – we even got on the news for it — but it’s been a while since we brought the issue up. Gotta watch out for overkill on an issue like this.
But we have to say, it seemed to be slightly better this winter. Are we wrong?