Reader Mail: The “Mad Dasher”


Today, we have a Hoboken411 reader who’s having problems with a mysterious dog owner who continually leaves droppings directly in front of their house.

The “Mad Dasher”

dog poop offenders in hoboken - Reader Mail: The "Mad Dasher"“Someone has decided to leave a gift outside our door today… again. This is the fourth time in 3 weeks. I know they say dogs like to pick out their places to do their business, but can it stop being a dog with an awful owner and right in front of our door?

I’ve literally thrown out 2 pairs of sneakers ruined by stepping outside my front door. My husband and I both cleaned up a pile on separate occasions last week, in the exact same spot. I really have a problem w/ whoever is not cleaning up after their dog, especially since we have a dog and clean up after her. If you see anyone leaving anything in the area of the 4th ward, let us know!!! It’s a well traveled area, keep a look out and watch your feet.

If anyone can catch what the dog/ owner looks like and we should be able to find them…


Any suggestions for them? Other than 24 hour video surveillance?

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008 12:09 pm

Better yet, if you see someone let their dog take a dump on the sidewalk and leave it there, follow that person back to their home to see where they live, then collect all the dog crap you can find and fill their mailbox. 😈

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 8:34 am

I’ve got a dog. I hate seeing dog poop on the sidewalks. I’ve been known to go back in my house and get a pot of hot water to wash down the sidewalk if my dog is sick or the poop is un-pickup-abble. There is absolutely NO excuse for not cleaning up after your dog. If you forget a bag, go back out and pick the poop up. It takes a few seconds and it’s just the nice thing to do.

We went house hunting this weekend in another part of NJ and one of the houses we looked had the yard was filled with dog poop. I mean I had to pick the kids up to carry them so they didn’t step in any poop.
Needless to say we didn’t even bother going inside the house. The yard was enough for us.
I don’t understand people…

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 8:23 pm

If you want to keep dogs/cats off grass, a big bottle of the cheapest brand of red pepper flakes can be a big help. Not so easy with pavement, but if it’s not raining, maybe some Clorox or Pine Sol or ammonia or something else with a strong offensive odor will keep them away. I don’t know if using it for a couple of days will create a permanent habit change.

To wash away animal piss or cat spray, el cheapo brand of white vinegar is best. The animal stuff is alkaline, the vinegar is acid. You know it’s working when you pour the vinegar and it starts bubbling when it hits the stoop.

For prevention, I also love the signs of shame idea from one of the early posts. Posting a sign about video surveillance may also work, even without the actual cameras in place.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 6:59 pm

Let me give you dog shit haters a tip on a very effective weapon–its a wrist rocket slingshot. Marbles are 50 cal.,ball bearings are 30cal,and jellybeans or sourballs are ??. They effective on both animals[dog&owner]

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 5:11 pm

dog owners beware! if i ever catch you being negligent around my property…let’s just say i’ll hurt you in a way that doesn’t leave any marks. and i’ll be sure that you don’t see my face either…good luck

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