The dos, don'ts of doo-doo disposal

I have a pet peeve. My neighbor twice daily walks the dog by my house, and the puppy has chosen the corner of my lot to do his business. Then the neighbor scoops up the doo into a plastic bag, walks down my driveway and places it in my garbage can. I have solved my personal problem by storing the garbage can inside the locked garage. Now my next-door neighbor is getting the deposit. Don't you think this is a no-no regarding to the doo-doo?

— Afraid to say, Medford

It's definitely a no-no, Afraid — we'll explain that in a minute — but consider the alternatives: on your lawn, on your porch, in your mailbox.


Be grateful it was the garbage can, is what we're trying to say.

Now, as to the actual wrongdoing on their part. The wrongness stems from violation of the "theft of services" statute, ORS 164.125. They're bagging Spot's business and putting it in a garbage can that is collected by a service you pay for.

"You can't use other people's garbage to dispose of your garbage, that's the bottom line," said Lt. Mike Budreau of Medford police.

There are several levels of severity, ranging from a class C misdemeanor to a class B felony, according to Your situation would fall into the less-severe end.

"It is not something that we would prefer to issue citations on, but we would if we were pressed. We would typically like to resolve it by maybe a warning," Budreau said.

So, with that said, we recommend you — or your currently affected neighbor — spend a couple minutes and politely ask your neighbor to stop. They most likely will. That, or the dog's presents will start showing up all over the street.

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