The latest dog poop quagmire is at the North End baseball fields, shown in these photos by Stefan Modzelewski. Taken at Puopolo Field on Commercial St., he appropriately notes “the photos speak for themselves.” The fields are posted “No Dogs” but this is obviously not the case.
A trash barrel or a big belly compacter could help at this location. In the off-season, the barrels are stacked by the bocce courts although there are trash receptacles down the block. Stefan adds, “The disrespect displayed does not make a particularly strong case for continued use of the field by dogs.”
Tensions between ball field users, parents and irresponsible dog owners are not new in the North End. There was a huge “dog caca” uproar last summer at the ball fields. Some responsible dog owners have tried to show leadership, including those in RUFF, Responsible Urbanites for Fido, with educational awareness efforts and regular cleanups. The group is also advocating for a dog park in the neighborhood that could alleviate some of the problems seen at other parks.