"Poop problems" on bridge draws rally of pet owners - WDRB 41 Louisville News

"Poop problems" on bridge draws rally of pet owners

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Complaints about dog poop on the Big Four Bridge have local officials considering a potential ban on dogs if the problem persists.

Hoping to avoid that, dozens of dog owners turned out at the foot of the bridge Sunday to prove they can keep it clean. Braving cold temperatures, with hands and paws raised alike, so-called responsible pet owners pledged to make picking up "number two" priority number one.

"We need folks to be responsible because if we continue to have poop problems on the bridge, it's going to be a problem to keep allowing animals (here)," said David Karem with the Waterfront Development Corporation. 

Ever since the Big Four Bridge had its soft opening earlier this year, complaints have surfaced from bikers and pedestrians that too many four-legged friends have left deposits behind. 

"We enjoy Louisville. We think this is great for the people of this community and great for our pets too," said Brenda Wells, among the dog owners attending the "Rally for Rover" walk.

This rally was a showing of solidarity, a pun-happy mix of pet owners on a walk to prove they can pick up after their pets. Feeder's Supply pet store employees even handed out free plastics bags to dog owners in attendance. They joined volunteers from the Humane Society to "spread the word against the turd."

Tommy Leanhart says he always picks up after his dog, Cruiser.

"If my dog were to use the bathroom on this bridge right here, and I didn't have a bag, I would pick it up with my hand. It washes off, it's not going to kill you," Leanhart said.

"That's our goal is to raise awareness. Does one event solve the problem? No. But it really helps get the word out," said Linda Brock with Feeder's Supply.

Word is out - it's even on a sign hanging at the base of the ramp to the bridge - albeit a sign with unexplained quotation marks and the wrong form of the word "it's."

But no matter, maybe it's an imperfect reminder that nobody is perfect. But organizers here say walking on the Big Four Bridge should be perfectly free of poop.

"Remember don't let you poodle puddle on the pedestrian path," said Karem.

The Waterfront Development Corporation is expected to meet this week.

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