Blog Tracks South Loop Poop

Dog owners attack crappy criminals

By Matt Bartosik
|  Friday, Mar 12, 2010  |  Updated 8:35 AM CDT
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Poo happens. And it blogs, too.

The website "South Poop" describes itself as "a site to track, report, and find the perps leaving dog poo around the South Loop of Chicago."

And just who is logging the Loop's logs?

Douglas Freymann told the Chicago Journal that he started the website in January after taking his dog for a walk and seeing the ugly reminders of irresponsible dog owners.

The blog is not for the faint of heart. It provides photographic proof of the olfactory offense, including everything from what Freymann describes as "teacup poo" to "some huge sidewalk poos."

But the crap isn't just crude, it's criminal.

"No person shall appear with a pet upon the public ways or within public places ... without some means for the removal of excrement," states the Chicago Municipal Code. Violators can be charged anywhere from $50 to $500.

Obviously, that hasn't stopped some dog owners from avoiding their responsibility.

Some offenders explain it away by saying, "It's biodegradable" or "Nobody will notice," according to the blog.

But people do notice, and many of them contribute to the poo website. Freymann emphasizes, however, that the site isn't a place for "anti-dog/owner rants."

"The idea is, can we focus the discussion away from lecturing everybody, because everybody doesn't need to be lectured, and find out who the target audience is, who the miscreants are," Freymann told the Chicago Journal.

So get out there and find those fecal felons!

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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