Letter to the Editor: Surveillance for Inconsiderate Pet Owners
A letter submitted by Public Health Director Peter Mirandi.
To the editor:
Providing surveillance at public parks and along the rail trail in order to discourage the few inconsiderate pet owners from improperly disposing of pet feces is cost prohibitive and, more importantly, should not be necessary. The fundamental responsibility of owning a pet is to adequately care for the animal. Not picking-up pet waste exposes all pets, and the public at large, to unsanitary conditions. This is a basic example of uncaring behavior. And if the vast minority of our 2,075 licensed pet owners require a firm but courteous reminder to this fact, please be so advised by way of this open letter.
The Danvers Leash Law is posted on the Town Website and is clearly written. In addition, questions and complaints are cheerfully fielded at this office whenever necessary. In sum, all are welcome to enjoy the fine open space Danvers provides for public use. Please do your part to keep it clean and safe.
Peter M. Mirandi
Director of Health & Veterans Services
Town Hall Office
Danvers, MA 01923