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Clayton posts Facebook photo of pooper non-scooper

Posted September 25, 2012

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— A woman who failed to clean up after her dog did its business in front of the Clayton Police Department last week has become an object of scorn on the department's Facebook page.

An officer who found dog waste outside the department on Sept. 17 reviewed footage from a security camera and found the offending animal and its owner. The officer then posted an image of the woman and her dog on Facebook, saying that she had violated a town ordinance by not cleaning up after her pet.

Many area cities and towns have similar regulations requiring pet owners to pick up waste in public places.

Clayton spokeswoman Stacy Beard said the Facebook posting might have been an overreaction, but she noted that the dog waste was next to a new memorial honoring three police officers killed in the line of duty.

"It’s a significant and sensitive spot for our department," Beard said. "So, to have this happen just feet in front of it, it was very upsetting."

The woman hasn't been identified, but the posting prompted dozens of comments on the department's Facebook page. Some complain about her, while others say Clayton officers should focus on bigger crimes in town.

Clayton Police Department Dog mess found near Clayton police memorial

"I wouldn't have an issue with the CPD posting this if it wasn't for the fact that I have had to call the CPD multiple times for various reasons and they never show up," Sarah Crane wrote.

"A crime is a crime, no matter how small you may think it is. It's not that hard to pick up after your dog," Jennifer Amaon wrote.

Clayton passed the "dog owner responsibility" ordinance in 1997 after receiving complaints from residents, Beard said. Violators are assessed a $25 civil penalty for a first offense and $75 for each additional offense.

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  • esteryates69 Oct 1, 2012

    Been responsibility,for your pets,is the same as been responsible for your children s. If you can not do so you such not have ever one.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 28, 2012

    I have no problem with this. You have a pet, YOU take responsibility for it - in every single way, including cleaning up its droppings.

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 27, 2012

    "Someone else's dog has zero business on my property. The park is one thing...my land he will not be home for dinner." - ncouterbanks69


    YOu're an odd one, that's for sure. Have you ever owned pets? What if you owned a house cat, it slipped out, and when you called it, it crosses the last three feet of my lot at the back while returning to you? Would I be morally justified in blasting it with my 30-30?

  • tiredofwaste Sep 27, 2012

    This boils down to pure laziness. I run on several local greenway trails and it is amazing to me how many times I have to dodge dog dodo. All of the trails have dodo bags as well as dodo garbage cans to put the droppings in. I guess Obama has entitled these people to allow their dog to dodo anywhere and have someone else pick up after them. Pure and simple laziness!!!!

  • Pepe Silvia Sep 27, 2012

    "No its the time someone took to review the tape then put in on Facebook." - vinylcarwraps23

    Do you realize how fast you can look at a few hours of tape on fast forward to find someone walking a dog? The whole process, start to finish, could have been done in under 15 minutes.

  • Brian Jenkins Sep 26, 2012

    "I would like to donate $.33 to you to cover the lost time and money it took for this. Apparently the ten seconds an employee took to post this on Facebook is upsetting some people"

    No its the time someone took to review the tape then put in on Facebook.

  • ncouterbanks69 Sep 26, 2012

    The sad thing is that there really are lowlifes that would kill the dog because of the OWNER'S behavior

    Someone else's dog has zero business on my property. The park is one thing...my land he will not be home for dinner.

  • OpinionatedGuy Sep 26, 2012

    So this is news??? Come to my neighborhood... So if I took a picture you would treat it with the same vigor? and write a news story??? Of course not, but because it happened in front of the Police Department, its a story... Come on, really?

  • n4cer Sep 26, 2012

    Lightfoot3 you are 100% correct and it is sad that there are people out there like that

  • Lightfoot3 Sep 26, 2012

    "But that's OK, you just keep being the proud tough guy/gal who shows utter contempt for your neighbors. Don't be surprised when your dog doesn't come one morning." - storchheim


    The sad thing is that there really are lowlifes that would kill the dog because of the OWNER'S behavior.

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