Much adoo about dog runs

Raffy Boudjikanian
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An ecologically-minded Dorval business owner is urging his council to adopt his proposal for what he deems a cleaner way to get rid of dog excrements at the dog run near Surrey Park in the north of the city. "In dog parks, you already have environments that are suitable for composting," explained Paul Maloney, who runs the Ecobug Doctor pest control company out of his own home with daughter and son.

Maloney, who likes to take his two dogs Pan and Gaia out for runs in his free time, said at the council meeting this Monday that he has noticed a lot of extra bags of dog excrement in the winter at the park. "In winter, at both ends the snow ploughs or workers, they dump snow over the (garbage) bins, so they're unavailable," Maloney said.

With several people taking their dogs to further ends of the run with their cars, they are unwilling to transport the dirty bags back to the bins as well, said Maloney, and resort to drop the bags at the run. "I think there were some other people who were intending to go to council and make complaints," Maloney added. At the meeting Monday night, however, he was the only one who had shown up.

What he proposed was the creation of "Poop-Posts," bins composed of tires stacked and screwed on top of each other where dog owners could simply dump their pets' excrement after scooping them up with tools that would also be provided along with the posts.

There, the residue would decompose naturally, allowing to mix with the soil at the run, which could help to grow flowerbeds, Maloney told council.

Currently, Dorval is toying with the idea of dog waste stations with bio-degradable bags for use at another dog run the city is planning in the near future. "We're already thinking about it," said councillor Claud Valiquet at the meeting Monday.

Reached over the telephone by The Chronicle for comment later, Mayor Edgar Rouleau said the city would be looking into Maloney's proposal but made no promises. "We've passed it on to public works," he said, adding it seemed like a good idea but he was concerned by the smell it could create. "I don't know about that part," he said.

However, Maloney was undeterred. "I don't see that as much of an issue," he said. Covering up the tires with an attached lid of some sort would keep the smells from spreading he said, and creating several poop posts at the same run would keep them from clogging up too quickly.

He added the open-air nature of the run would have the smells disappear quickly anyway.

Maloney has also volunteered to foot the bill for the creation of these posts, at least at the run he uses for now, provided he can stick promotional signs for his own business near the bins. "If I could do it as a marketing thing, that's worthwhile for me, also," he said. "If I could put a modest sign, I don't think there'd be anything wrong with that."

Organizations: The Chronicle

Geographic location: Surrey Park

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