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TOBAY Reminds Residents of 'Scooper' Law

Stepping in it isn't the only threat; environmental hazards are linked to the problem.

Town of Councilman Anthony Macagnone issued a press release reminding residents to pick up after their dogs, noting that a law on the books since 1977 was created to protect against the health and environmental hazards of dog waste.

"This ordinance wasn't adopted simply because it is annoying to step in dog waste, which we all know it is, but because of the pollution and health hazards," Macagnone said in a statement. 

"Dog waste pollutes our groundwater and bays, it is hazardous to human health, it is a nuisance to you and your neighbors, and, most important, it is illegal not to in the Town of Oyster Bay," he said.

Nitrogen in the waste can get into the groundwater, Long Island's only source of drinking water, when it is carried by rainwater into accumulated deposits at sumps or through the recharge basins that feed the groundwater supply, the release stated.

Macagnone also cited as an issue the possibility of potentially serious diseases being transmitted.

Violations of the ordinance can be reported to the Town's animal shelter at 516-677-5784 or to the local police precinct.

Reminders for this week:

  • The outdoor Youth Baseball & Softball Skills Program continues; call Parks and Recreation at 516-797-4125 ex. 5.
  • The Town Clerk's Office is open in Town Hall North until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mark your calendars:

Homeowners Cleanup Day

Where: Old Bethpage Solid Waste Disposal Complex, Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road

When: Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Rabies Clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets

Where: TOB Animal Shelter, 150 Miller Place, Syosset

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 
Grifhunter September 17, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Good point about the dog pic. Also, why no woop dee do about the tonnage of goose droppings everywhere in this town?
TheGreek September 17, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Do they expect homeowners to take time off from work to participate in Homeowners Cleanup Day on a Friday? Just another example of TOB flagrant disregard for our needs.
Jeannette Donovan March 20, 2013 at 04:58 PM
A few months ago a neighbor "scooped the poop" from the street then tossed it over our gate into our recycles (that I had just rinsed out) - anybody want a new neighbor? He didn't get mad about the fact that I caught him, only that I told all the other neighbors what he did. Ha ha
Jeannette Donovan March 21, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Re: Goose droppings. Whenever the geese land, they try to take over the area. I chased them away by letting our dog run after them. No more geese & no more droppings. Win/win - me & my dog got extra exercise.
Syosset Mrs. March 21, 2013 at 07:41 PM
In Syosset there is a guy who rides his horse around town. Does he have to scoop the poop too??? Last month walking from the Firehouse into town I had to walk in the street because of the LOAD on the sidewalk!!

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