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Dog Poop Still a Problem on Trail, Resident Says

On Jan. 7, Lee Weidner told Hellertown Borough Council he'd like it to investigate an unsightly and unsanitary problem--excessive dog poop on a section of the Saucon Rail Trail.

Although he spent hours cleaning it up before the holidays, large mounds of dog poop have reappeared along a section of the Saucon Rail Trail near West Walnut Street in Hellertown, resident and avid trail-user Lee Weidner told Borough Council Jan. 7.

Weidner, who submitted a letter to the editor detailing the problem last month, called the canine feces "the worst kind of litter" and said he believes they're being deposited by a single animal.

"It is a large dog, because of the remnants," he said. "In this particular case, size matters."

Before Christmas, he estimated that he scooped about 40 pounds of "disgusting refuse" that were deposited over an area of about 800 square feet along the trail.

Weidner also commented that the piles of poop are most prevalent near two memorial rail trail benches that were paid for by private donors.

"The solution is to find out who’s walking his dog and not cleaning up," he said. "Hellertown Borough Council members need to investigate by doing some legwork."

With a custom-decorated metal scoop in hand, he added that council members should "talk to neighbors," since that section of the trail is adjacent to a densely populated area.

Council members then discussed the potential purchase of signs and/or dog waste bag dispensers and waste cans to be placed along the trail in the borough.

A motion made by councilwoman Gail Nolf to investigate the cost of those items was approved unanimously.

charles hampton January 17, 2013 at 01:25 AM
and I have "featured" the appeal on the SRT facebook page.
Dog Mom January 17, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Jessica, you are being too nice. Yes, its a wee effort to bring poop bags. But a real and considerate human being would find it to be little effort. A real dog person has bags stashed in their car or their pockets at all times. I will admit that I have forgotten bags on certain occasions. In those cases I made sure that I went to get a bag and returned to the scene of the crime to pick up my dog's mess. There isn't anything that will ruin a pleasant walk on a nice day more than stepping in dog poop along the way or having to navigate that kind of mine field. I refuse to be part of the problem!
Kathy Milander January 17, 2013 at 06:12 PM
That would be great to hire someone. The only downfall is the person not cleaning up will just move on to somewhere else. They need to be responsible!!
Eric Harding January 17, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I have a bag holder attached to the leashes of my pups... that way I NEVER forget them!
T. South January 17, 2013 at 07:41 PM
I live in California but run a facebook page for our local dog park. Recently linked up to a Lehigh Valley pet organization and came across Ruby's story. I was touched to hear how much effort is going into looking for her. I am from Pa originally & have family in Lehigh ; love that place. Want to say in Calif, they prosecute people for not picking up dog waste. Big fines, I think it helps but there will always be lazy or thoughtless people. I don't know what your laws are regarding this but you might want to find out & try to get some , if not in place. I have a holder which carries the bags, on the leash. Very common & easy to do. And dogs will want to "go" where the other dogs went , so I am not surprised to read it is in the same area.

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