Picking up dog poop is not only part of the joy of owning a pooch, but it’s also a given – usually.

Nice reminder signs/Ryn Gargulinski

One Tucson neighborhood is facing a dog doo dilemma that is tearing apart households, pitting husband against wife and, of course, dog owners against non-owners.

The dilemma began several months back when dog poop became a constant fixture along the neighborhood’s sidewalks, paths and other areas.

The Homeowners Association promptly installed jazzy new signs that gently reminded folks to be a good neighbor and clean up after their dogs. The HOA also included an announcement in the monthly newsletter, asking residents to please pick up the dog doo.

It didn’t work.

The next monthly newsletter urged residents to report their inconsiderate neighbors who left piles of dog doo throughout the land. People were told to snap photos of the offending dog and owner leaving the poop behind then follow the dog owners home to get their address.

Photos and info was then to be sent to HOA headquarters, which would deal with the matter appropriately.

That didn’t work, either.

The third newsletter in the dog doo series breezily announced an increase in HOA dues, with part of the new monies going to pay for dog poop cleanup. Now dog owners and non-dog owners alike would be footing the bill for Loren’s Pooper Scooper Service to regularly sweep through the neighborhood to do its thing.

Not-as-nice reminder signs/Ryn Gargulinski

Loren’s motto is “We’re No. 1 in the No. 2 business.”

As cheery as the motto is, the cheer does not extend to residents who are now forced to foot a dog poo cleanup bill. It is unfair for those who clean up after their pooches and especially unfair for residents who don’t own dogs at all.

People who never cleaned up after their dogs are pretty much exempt from the dilemma. They will likely simply continue not to clean up after their dogs.

People who own dogs and always cleaned up after them now wonder if they should continue to keep cleaning up the poo or let it sit there for the service to clean, since they are paying the service fees anyway.

People who don’t own dogs, in addition to being wholly shafted, now may wonder if they should get a dog and let it mess all over so they, too, can at least be getting the service that they are forced to pay for.

Hence the dilemma rocks a neighborhood – and the poop just keeps on coming.


What do you think?

What do your HOA dues cover, or are you lucky enough not to have an HOA?

Have dilemmas rocked your own neighborhood? What were they?