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News 2 confronts dog owners for not cleaning up waste

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

It's a hot button issue for most dog owners, people who do not pick up after their canines in public parks and spaces.

At Crockett Park in Brentwood, dogs are often at the park with their owners enjoying the fresh air and walking trails, however it seems not all owners enjoy cleaning up after their furry friends.

"When it's on the walking trail, it's gross," one park goer said, adding, "We've never seen anyone leave poop, you see it there because somebody didn't pick it up."

Another park goer added, "Some people leave the mess on the trail. It makes me mad."

Nashville's News 2 spoke with one man and dog owner who admitted that he doesn't always clean up after his canine at the park, despite the clean up stations owners who forget their own bags.

"I can't throw stones," he said. "I haven't picked up after them on occasion. It's one of those things, they are animals, same as us, you know."

While some pet owners aren't as particular about cleaning up their dog's waste, others take it upon themselves to call those out who don't.

"I actually keep extra bags in my pocket to hand them if I see somebody [not cleaning up]," one man said.

While dog waste is often found in area parks, it is also becoming a growing problem in parts of Nashville such as The Gulch where there is a limited amount of green space for pets to relieve themselves.

"I have seen quite a few pieces of evidence that people haven't picked up," one passerby said.

Citations can be given to those who do not clean up after their pets in public places since it is considered littering, which is a misdemeanor.

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