Councilman Pete: Pick Up Poop

Where’s Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood when you need him? You gotta hand it to City Councilman Pete Spain, he doesn’t waste for letting you know what’s on his mind. One of Pete’s pet peeves in his district residents who don’t pick up the dog poop. Pete demonstrates in the video above from his Facebook page. Pete’s adding new meaning to waste management.

St. Mary’s by the Sea walk: I had to pick up someone else’s mess with a “Mutt Mitt” today. Going beyond the call of doo-doo for a violation of ordinance (corrected) 6.04.040–Allowing pet to defecate on public property unlawful, penalty $150. When #Bridgeport Public Facilities and Parks goes the extra mile and puts out free “Mutt Mitts,” there’s no excuse not to clean up after your dog. (Corrected) I’ll look into whether repeat offenses in same year can be fined double or more–and adding more signs that we don’t appreciate dog poop left in our public spaces.



  1. Just goes to show you. Here’s a Council person who does not ignore crap. He does something about it. Dog walkers and dogs being walked are part of a neighborhood but observing traffic rules, picking up after your pet poops, contribute to quality of life for all. Is you see something, say something begins in the village.
    Don’t think we can make up lagging City revenues with fines for dog poop, but it may be interesting to see what line item those revenues land? Time will tell.

  2. Beware of Dog (Poop)
    According to EPA, a single gram of dog feces can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinalnot to mention Whipworms, Hookworms, Roundworms, Tapeworms, Parvo, Corona, Giardiasis and Salmonellosis. illness, and serious kidney disorders,in humans. EPA even estimates that two or three days worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay, and all watershed areas within 20 miles of it, to swimming and shell fishing.

  3. It’s called pride of your environment. Some of my friends may remember when we lived in Yellow Mill Village everyone would take turns sweeping the common area. I’m sure this was a practice in other public housing back in the day.

  4. I think City Council Rep Pete Spain has a good point. However,the devil is in the details. How would this Charter provision be enforced. Worse yet,I live in Black Rock and I am seeing a growing “vigilante” element that is ready and willing to take things into their own hands. That creates a dangerous mix. Ultimately,the question is who and how will the City Charter be enforced. Maybe this pet peeve can turn into a neighborhood educational experience. BTW,I had and walked two dogs over 25 years so I am familiar with this issue.

  5. Watching the latest CC meeting on TV…It looks as though Joe dyed his hair,and now combs it to the side instead of slicked back,I guess to try to look more gubernatorial,or maybe to get a different look than his mugshot..

  6. I give Pete Spain credit for this video. It would make a great public service announcement on local television. Donald Day raises awareness of the many diseases and bacteria found in animal feces. Other animals like to roll in other animals poop. What some see as a humorous piece is actually a very real issue. If we invest in these gloves to make it easier to pick up the poop than owners need to take the responsibility and pick it up!.Kudos Mr. Spain. People are just lazy.

  7. While other city council members use their Facebook pages (with taxpayer funded internet access) to post pictures of themselves at democrat party political gatherings and enjoying themselves at taxpayer funded social events, Pete Spain makes effective use of his.

      1. Kid where do you get these bytes? LOL I had to acknowledge you. On a more serious note, it would behoove the other members of the council to watch and listen as Pete Spain shows by example what a real, dedicated elected official should do. If you do as he does naturally and with sincere ease, many of you will be saved from political oblivion in two years.

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