Dog Shit Crusade: Water Dept. wants a LoMo spokesdog for its scoop the poop campaign

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?

18 thoughts on “Dog Shit Crusade: Water Dept. wants a LoMo spokesdog for its scoop the poop campaign

  • March 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    LoMo needs to scoop the poop businesses that want to litter Snyder Avenue and some other parts of its territory…

    Oh and more trees please… If there is dog shit on the pavement where everyone walks, that sucks.. If I have to live with dog shit though, I’d rather have it in the small dirt patch that surrounds the trees.. At least it might fertilize the dirt some…

    And the dog parks are becoming quite numerous. Which is fine.. But when does it stop? Nobody plays tennis or shoots hoops anymore? What is the opportunity cost of all these dog parks?

  • March 24, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    two words: trash cans!!!! needed in all SP areas

    • March 25, 2014 at 5:38 pm


    • March 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Organizations have tried trash cans. The major issue with them is that they need to be emptied literally every day… 7 days a week and sometimes twice in a day! That’s where the real expense comes in that no organization – not any civic, not PARC, not any businesses, not the city, and not any individual resident – has the resources to do. If the cans go even one day without being emptied they overflow with household trash since, for some reason, a lot of households can’t seem to hold on to their trash until their trash day. There’s a picture floating around of a couch balanced on top of a corner trash can.

      Plus even with the trash cans, there’s no guarantee that a person who would litter would even make the effort to go a few extra feet out of their way to put their candy wrapper or chip bag in the can. I saw this happen the other day as a woman crossing Dickinson just west of 13th threw a piece of trash right in the middle of the street with a “i know this wrong so I’ll do it quickly so no one notices” look on her face. I noticed. I picked it up and said to her… “I’ll get that for you and throw it in this trash can that’s RIGHT HERE.” (Ippolito’s maintains one on the corner.)

      There unfortunately doesn’t appear to be a litter prevention solution. Whatever part of a person’s brain that says it’s okay to toss a losing lottery ticket, a cigarette butt, a candy wrapper, a plastic water bottle (a LOT of those around… double waste!), isn’t going to change. The only solution is for everyone who DOESN’T litter to pick up 3-4 pieces of litter every day. I have to imagine that only 15-20% of people in a given place do all of the littering. If the other 80-85% picked up 3-4 pieces every day, it would all be cleaned up in no time. (Even if it’s 50-50… if you and I picked up the litter that four people put down everyday, and every other non-litterer did the same, there wouldn’t be a problem.)

      • March 28, 2014 at 5:38 am


  • March 24, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I will no call anything “LoMo” ever.

    • March 25, 2014 at 9:54 am

      I know, it’s pretty lame. But in a headline? Lower Moyamensing is way too long.

    • March 25, 2014 at 5:39 pm


      • March 25, 2014 at 5:40 pm

        LoMo is kinda…. Weird.. The whole neighborhood needs renaming, rebranding, and needs to reform Snyder Avenue…

        • March 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm

          LoMo is only responsible for the south side of Snyder Ave. The north side belongs to EPX.

          • March 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm

            I believe East Passyunk should also be responsible for the south side of Snyder Avenue in all blocks west of 10th or 11th… We’re much closer to Passyunk and we constantly walk to Passyunk’s shops and restaurants on a regular basis.. Even in this cold weather we make a brisk walk to Marra’s for dinner or Tre Scalini… LoMo has been negligent in its efforts to fight to improve these blocks west of 10th or 11th anyway…


            • March 27, 2014 at 8:53 am

              LOL!!! Annexation? Take care of your own area, don’t expect others to do it for you. The residents of East Passyunk took it upon themselves to do it, you should to.

              • March 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm

                We do take care of our own area you moron. And we don’t expect others to do it for us.. I was born and raised here. I’ve said before on previous posts that, as a long time South Philly family, we’ve shoveled snow and picked up and bagged trash on this block during the bad years when everyone was moving to jersey…. You seem a little full of yourself.. So eager to beat your chest and accuse others of expecting things to be done for them. Does it make you feel like some kind of big success story to do that? Sling your accusations elsewhere…

                Oh and if you are a resident of EPX… You can thank me for frequenting your area and patronizing its businesses before it was the cool and hip thing to do… “Your area”.. Its my area too. Thats what this conversation and my previous point was originally about. The blocks west of 11th are very close to Passyunk. We gravitate to Passyunk… We have NOTHING to do with Moyamensing… Or “LoMo”… Or whatever ya call it..

                • March 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm

                  This is a place for civil discussion, ProvWitout. Consider yourself warned.

                  • March 28, 2014 at 5:35 am

                    Apologies Anthony G….

                    And thanks for the reminder Albert…

                    But we’ve been buying paint and painting supplies and have been painting over graffiti (Which includes the occasional swastika and other obscenities) in this neighborhood on buildings that we don’t even own and that seem to have been forgotten by their owners! (Hello Brush Factory!!!) So, to get blindsided by your assertion that we “expect others to do it for us” when it comes to keeping our neighborhood nice, was uncalled for.

                    This new development at the brush factory is also going to cause everyone who lives on Iseminger St. to lose a place in front of their house to park their car on the ENTIRE BLOCK!! So it seems that no good deed goes unpunished for all our efforts keeping the place nice… “LoMo” doesn’t seem strong enough to prevent this or come up with some kind of solution. EPX just seems to have a little more clout and I’d bet they’d be a better organization to be involved with if you are a resident of the south side of Snyder west of 10th St…

                    There are bigger problems than dog shit on these blocks… (Like Falling Bricks) I wish we had the luxury to complain about dog shit.

                    • March 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm

                      It should extend to the north side of Jackson west of 10th or 11th…

        • March 25, 2014 at 10:12 pm

          There’s so many good street names running through “LoMo”… Porter, Shunk, Wolf, Jackson, Ritner. Any one of these would be awesome for renaming/rebranding.

          • March 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm

            Yeah I still can’t get used to these weird names… Growing up, neighborhoods around here were always defined by the street corners that were the main meeting places… Or by the Parish that neighborhood went to… These names are strange…

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