Students at P.S. 150 were so appalled they felt it was necessary to inform dog owners through posters of what could happen if an individual is caught not picking up after their dogs – namely incurring a $250 fine.
It's part of a local contest, and the winning poster design will be posted throughout the neighborhood. With over 280 posters submitted, five have been chosen as finalists and residents can vote at sunnysidepost.com.
The five finalists are Matthew Sebastian, Angelina Yegoryan, Alex Cazan, Isabel Lourdes and Sophia Aguirre.
The contest was the idea of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who chose the five finalists.
“Most dog owners are not guilty of leaving their pets poo behind,” said Van Bramer. “With the help of these students, we will get the message out that all dog owners need to be responsible for the mutts mess.”
Zulma Tanzer, assistant principal of P.S. 150, said the contest helps teach students about being part of a community.
“As part of our Social Studies curriculum, they learn that being a member of a community means that they have rights and responsibilities,” she said.
Members of the Sunnyside United Dog Society (SUDS) were in attendance for the unveiling of the five finalists. Jeannette Remak said that her dog almost died e-coli poisoning from eating the feces of another dog left on the street this past summer.
“On behalf of SUDS we want to thank P.S. 150,” she said, noting the signs will do a positive thing for the community.
In spring, SUDS will host a cleanup day and walk through Sunnyside with shovels and garbage cans picking up neglected dog droppings.
Wespaw Pets, a new pet store in Sunnyside, donated 5,000 biodegradable dog poop bags to the campaign.
“It is extremely important for dog owners to be responsible and curb their dog,” said owner Sam Abdrabough.