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Shaming New Yorkers who don't scoop dog poop

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Shame can be a powerful motivator. Some New Yorkers hope it will be enough to get people to clean up after their dogs.

His owner says Snoopy doesn't think he's a dog. But just like both man and beast, sometimes Snoopy poops. When he does drop something requiring scooping, his owner vows she picks it up. She says the other people in her Castle Hill, the Bronx, housing complex do the same for their dogs. But some people say that elsewhere in the neighborhood dog owners do not.

The Bronx called 311 to complain about abandoned dog poop 740 times last year -- more than any other borough, although Queens came close.

Castle Hill boasted one of the highest rates of complaints per 10,000 people.

Since 1978, New York has fined dog-walkers as much as $250 for not picking up what their dogs leave behind. But catching a dog owner choosing not to scoop his pet's poop just doesn't happen that often; a little more than 200 times in 2013.

Tired of illegal dumping, the residents association of South Oxford Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, took to recording irresponsible dog walkers and posting pictures and videos of abandoned canine bowel movements online. Vigilante shaming of those non-scoopers of their best friend's poopers may discourage dog doo abandonment.

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