05/01/2013 11:17 EDT | Updated 07/01/2013 05:12 EDT

Montrealers Frustrated With Poorly Discarded Dog Poop

Residents in several parts of Montreal are complaining about bags of dog feces on sidewalks, in bushes and hanging on people's fences.

Notre-Dame-de-Grâce dog owner Tassi Gerald says she sees the problem in her neighbourhood. "It's just gross to be honest with you," says Gerald.

Another Notre-Dame-de-Grâce dog owner, Marie Graff, calls the practice "ridiculous."

"I mean yes, you don't step on it and get it on your shoes but it's still lying around in the environment," she says.

Graff says she feels scrutinized by neighbours who lump all dog owners together. "People judge you as a dog owner by what they see on the street," she says.

In the Mile End district, residents complain about bags of dog feces left in bags on top of sewer covers and in alleyways.

Mile End resident John McColghan says the alleyway between Jeanne Mance Street and l'Esplanade Avenue is particularly bad.

McColghan says he doesn't understand the logic of the dog owners responsible. "It's like they feel if you've put it in a bag, then you've done your part and that someone else will pick it up," he says.

City says dog owners could face fines

Montreal spends $60 million annually on a cleanup service that includes removing dog feces from sidewalks.

City spokesperson Jacques-Alain Lavallé says dog owners could face fines for leaving a mess behind. He says the fines vary between boroughs but are typically between $100 and $750. The larger amount is reserved for repeat offenders.

But Montreal says the offence is tough to catch and it doesn't keep numbers on how many tickets have been issued.

"Our prime objective is to inform dog owners that this is not something very pleasant and if you want to have a dog, you need to take your responsibilities," says Lavallé.

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