The feces-feasting rats of the North End

Karen Cord Taylor blames lazy-ass dog owners for part of the North End's invasion of repellent, rapacious rodents:

"Dog waste is to rats what fuel is to fire," Pistorio said. She estimates there are about 1,000 dogs in the North End and too few owners pick up after their dogs, leaving rats to feast on the feces. Yuch.

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      Lazy dog owners

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      Even better than people who don't pick up after their dogs, are the people (or person) who lives in my neighborhood (north end near salem st) who scoops up his dogs feces and puts it in one of those little blue bags....then just leaves the bag on the sidewalk for someone else to pick up. Saturday morning I counted 6 bags on my little one-way street.

      You should

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      put one in his/her mailbox

      Not denying that there are

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      Not denying that there are owners who do not pick up after their dogs, but when the North End RUFF group gets together for their monthly clean-up, they find more human garbage/discarded food than dog waste. Pretty sure pizza crusts, chicken wings, and food wrappers filled with crumbs are more attractive to rats than dog waste.

      Comparing

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      Pizza Crust to Dog Shit doesn't really make a good argument. PSi would bet their are more human in the N. End than Dogs, if it was the opposite their would be far more Dog Shit.

      I'm fairly certain

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      that rats only eat feces when there's no other food source around. Rats like things that are sweet and oily, and there's plenty of that in the North End.

      This.

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      I hate it when people don't clean up after their dogs, but dog feces are pretty far down the list of other reasons why there are rats in the North End.

      Ban dogs from the city?

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      Ban dogs from the city? Forget the people who rely on dogs for therapy, companionship as well as protection?

      As a dog owner and dog lover, I agree that people need to pick up after their dogs. They are probably the same people that think nothing of throwing their trash on the ground either. Let's face it the human race has it's faults and always will. Also, not everyone is going to be happy all the time.

      I hope you're joking about banning dogs.