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Resident Peeved Over Dog Poop On Beach

With debate swirling over leashing dogs on Southold beaches, others ask owners to clean up after their dogs.

Just days after residents let their voices be heard about whether or not they believe dogs should be leashed on Southold Town beaches, at least one resident is incensed over a proliferation of poop.

On Saturday, Linda Auriemma, vice president for membership of the New Suffolk Civic Association, said she returned from a "sweep" of the New Suffolk beach with 21 separate deposits of dog poop found in the sand.

Auriemma said she reached out to Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell in a letter. "Whether it's with or without a leash, we have a major problem allowing dogs on our beach, at least in New Suffolk," she said. "The sad truth is that too many dog owners still have total disregard for the clean-up law, and they obviously care even less about  the health and cleanliness of our waters."

The New Suffolk Civic Association, Auriemma said, looks forward to the community meeting on the issue of allowing dogs on the beach that Russell suggested at Tuesday's town board meeting.

"Personally, I've had dogs all my life, love them, and think that there is nothing better than taking your well-behaved dog to the beach for a run and a swim. It's really a terrible shame, though, that so many people continue to defy the law and use the beach as a dog toilet. What can we do to make these dog owners do the right thing?"

The supervisor did not immediately return a request for comment.

Do you think the dog poop problem is out of hand on Southold Town beaches? What do you think can be done? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Jeannie Jacobs Parisi March 31, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Let the dogs run along with the owners but if the Dog Poops it the owner's should SCOOP it
ViralGrain March 31, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Dog haters! Other animals such as raccoons, feral cats, deer, drunken teenagers at night, seals, foxes, mermaids and others use the beaches as a litter box. Get a life. If your biggest problem is poop on the beach God bless you. Next time you at the beach try taking a long walk off a short pier.
Gary M Charters March 31, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Just to let you know in my long career in public service I observed by far more adults than teenagers using the beaches and public places as litter boxes. It's to bad you feel you have to single out one small section of the human race.
Diane Carpentieri March 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Here we go, we will all be regulated for the bad behavior of some. You can trace every law back to a few who refused to do the right thing. We can't make some do the right thing so we will make the rest suffer the restrictions. I don't like it one bit, but also don't see a way around it! Good Luck to you who have to choose what to do. It will be a lose -lose for you.
Cheryl Kaswell March 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Never mind just the beaches, poop is left on my lawn by neighbor's dogs who disregard the law. I have dogs too and I do the neighborly thing and pick up after them! I wish my neighbors would do the same.
dawn bennett March 31, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I spend most days cleaning up poo. NS beach is small. I can see why you can come across so much poo. I will pop down with my dogs and gladly help do a poo clean up. I also clean up beer bottles, plastic bags, old plastic and trash left by us humans. Let all work together instead of finger pointing and complaining. Happy Holidays
barbara radich March 31, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Good lord !,be nicer will ya !? Happy Easter Viral
Charlotte Gemmel March 31, 2013 at 03:18 PM
I suggest we form a dog organization in Southold whose purpose would be to protect off leash beach privileges by keeping our beaches clean and safe for all. Check out www.fidobrooklyn.org/ , a terrific example of what a dog community can accomplish. Charlotte Gemmel
mike edelson March 31, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Some dog owners are inconsiderate and leave a mess. i often walk my dog on beach and usually clean up a mess left by one or 2 other dogs. As Ms Bennet noted, i see other trash and beer bottles. Last year I came across a family with 2 young children camping in tents on the sound. They spoke no English and I felt for them. Oh they had 2 dogs also.
Liz Higgins April 01, 2013 at 12:16 AM
When I walk the beach with my dogs, I bring extra bags to clean up after the humans who leave their picnic remains behind, after fourth of july, after labor day etc.. Its just what you do. Some people are neat, and some are slobs. I have a neighbor who walks his dog with a poop bag attached to the leash for pick up, yet I witnessed him allowing his dog to poop and he walked on by, leaving it behind. Dont blame the canines, its their lazy owners.
LAKETAJO April 01, 2013 at 01:46 AM
We just moved to the area & we too have found a mess on our property by dogs. We have a dog & I walk her clean up everytime. I just thought it the responsible thing to do. But after reading this I am disgusted & hope that ALL dog owners step up. Don't we all want to live in & maintain this beautiful North Fork.
John April 01, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Mike, can you be a bigger hypocrite (and by your next to last sentence, it seems a little bit of a racist too)? Your pony sized dog leaves dog pies all over town that you and your wife "forget" to pick up. You "felt" for those people on the beach because they were camping, had two children, had 2 dogs or because they spoke no english? Hey Mike, you used to be a smart guy…what happened, change your meds?
me April 01, 2013 at 01:05 PM
let's place 'stations' at the beaches, supplying bags and trash cans for ease of owners. it clearly states what is expected. and provides the tools necessary.
Brad April 01, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I agreed! They have nothing else better to do.
Brad April 01, 2013 at 01:22 PM
I'm a native that grew up here and the turn around of complains are outstanding! Blaming the dogs is ridiculous, where I've seen humans relieving themselves not to mention vomiting also many times! When we used the beach when growing up and there was feces we covered it up with sand Not A Big Issue! Grow up already!
Alex April 01, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Create some jobs and hire people to clean the Beaches!! So more tourist can come and spend money on our North Fork. You spend money to make money.
Jaclyn April 01, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Ew cover it up with sand. Seriously? Why don't people just act like adults and clean up after themselves and their animals - really is that too much to ask. You are unreal. No one is blaming the animals here - I think the article clearly states that.
mike edelson April 01, 2013 at 06:10 PM
John, Your vile comments about my being a "bigger" hypocrite just show the limits of your good taste. I ALWAYS pick up after Lordy. I felt compassion for the family I met camping. they obviously wanted someplace safe for their young children. My point was there are more important needs to be addressed as well as picking up after dogs.
Paul Silansky April 01, 2013 at 07:16 PM
I go clamming as a hobbie, make clam chowder and baked stuffed clams for picnics and gatherings. Already many creeks are closed to shellfishing due to the presence of e-coli bacteria. When dog feces wash down the road during rains into creeks and bays the bacteria "bloom" or multiply. It only takes a few parts per million for the DEC to consider the water unsafe. I still notice dog feces along the roads even with signs (can we teach the dog to read) and campaigns to pick up after your dog so what makes us think we wouldn't be stepping in it on the Beach. Dog owners who believe it will "just wash away" are polluting. Dog parks at waters edge will diminish water quality for swimming and shellfishing. Our neighborhood enjoys a large private beach with 2 member's rules affecting dogs: Leave Only Your Footprints (litter, pet waste, personal property etc. must leave with you.) and Dogs must be leashed during the summer season (May 1st until October 1st).
LAKETAJO April 01, 2013 at 08:44 PM
BURY IT IN THE SAND?????? OMG...So we can step in it with ..bare feetand children can find it when they are building sandcastles...YEAH GREAT IDEA!!!!
John April 01, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Vile? Really? Hey professor aren't you being just a tad thin skinned? And as far as your claim of ALWAYS picking up after Lordy, we both know that is simply not true.

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