Police: Neighbors Get in Spat After Dog Urination Incident

Police news for Beacon Hill, April 2-5.

A West Cedar Street man had the cops called on him after getting peed off at his neighbors for letting their dog urinate on his property, according to police reports. At 5 p.m. on Wednesday police responded to 76 W. Cedar St. for a report of threats to do bodily harm. According to police, neighbors got into an argument when one of them observed another letting their dog urinate in his private alley and told the dog owner that he would be sorry if he didn't leave. No further information was available.

Monday, April 2

  • At 12 p.m. police responded to 9 Joy St. for a report of vandalism.
  • At 2:20 p.m. police recovered a stolen motor vehicle on Cambridge Street.
  • At 9 p.m. police responded to 29 Phillips Place for a report of larceny of a bicycle, $200 or more. The victim had locked the bike to the post between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The bike is gray with black carbon-rimmed wheels.

Tuesday, April 3

  • At 8:30 a.m. police responded to 12 Lindall Place for a report of larceny from a motor vehicle, $200 or more. According to police reports, the victim said that he discovered a window in his car, which had been parked outside overnight, had been smashed. Electronic devices were stolen.

Wednesday, April 4

  • At 7:15 p.m. police responded to 81 W. Cedar St. for a report of vandalism.
  • At 7:20 p.m. police responded to 1 Beacon St. for a report of larceny by pickpocket, $50 to $199.

Thursday, April 5

  • At 6:50 a.m. police responded to 8 Joy St. for a report of vandalism.
Kimberly Ashton (Editor) April 12, 2012 at 02:47 PM
It would be nice if there were designated areas for dogs to use, so that the rest of the city's common areas remained clean. Like many commenters, I find it dirty to sit on a patch of grass a dog may have recently deposited on, even if the owner picked up the more obvious signs of waste.
SEM April 12, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Can someone please suggest where dogs "foul" in Beacon Hill, if not in the street or on the sidewalk? Because, you see, I own my condo and it sadly did not come with a patch of grass, sidewalk or anywhere else for my dog to p*ss and sh*t...pardon me, "foul"...
Kimberly Ashton (Editor) April 12, 2012 at 02:58 PM
There has been talk of designating part of the Common as a "dog park." I think that could be a workable solution for people who need a place to take their dogs and those who don't want to be in contact with contaminated areas.
SEM April 12, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Kim - I definitely agree that designating part of the Common as a dog park would be wonderful. However, at this point in time the city of Boston is unwilling to fence off an area. Should they finally approve it, the fenced area would provide a somewhat safe area - for both our dogs and our germaphobe neighbors. But keep in mind that asking a dog to hold in their urine/feces to that spot, especially if you live further from the Commons, just isn't going to happen. Ultimately, a sidewalk/street truce, based on mutual respect for dog owners and non-dog owners, needs to be reached. And as a dog owner I am all for fining improper disposal of fecal waste. But I think we're going to have to let the urine issue go... no sense in crying over spilled milk, or dog urine, for that matter.
JCH April 12, 2012 at 03:29 PM
My neighbors in Beacon Hill are a bunch of whiners. Dogs are now contaminating areas? You live in a city full of dogs! So using that logic you really cant go anywhere. A nice afternoon in the common...nope. That's obviously contaminated. A walk down Newbury? Nope! Contaminated! I saw at least ten dogs there yesterday. And sitting out in the public garden? Forget about it...dogs everywhere. If you see someone not picking up after their dog call them out. But to see these posts about dogs "fouling" up our city is just ridiculous. Get off your high horse and if you don't want to deal with city living...move to the burbs. But last I checked dogs are allowed to pee in the street there too.
petshopboys April 12, 2012 at 03:59 PM
OMG! I am so glad I do not live on Beacon Hill where 90% of the residents are totally mean spirited and have their useless brains up their ass. I am fortunate to live in a very friendly, not snobbish area of the city - Fenway. We have many dog owners here, myself included where most of us pick up after our canine budddies. We also have many homeless vagrants, drinking, shooting up, living in our beautiful parks and doing their business. I don't think they pick up after themselves as they are too stoned to do so and if they weren't wouldn't care anyway. Also, there are what seems to be 50 million geese hanging out doing their job as well so when I do walk my dog I have to go thru an obstacle course avoiding their "gifts". I say to the Beacon Hill elite: grow up people! It's one world, dogs, farm animals, homeless, geese exist!! If this is your worst problem (and it may well be), get over it. Not everyone has access or has a dog park. How do you know the crap you encounter is from a dog? I see plenty of vagrants around your "pristine" neighborhood when I am there. I do not wish to be mean. But many of these postings make me realize that the posters need to be shipped of to an island somewhere, come up with they own government that bans anything offensive to them and maybe, just maybe be happy. But I doubt that would happen as I believe they would come up with some other topic to be miserable about. Dog be with you.
Josh April 12, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Anyone advoacting that it's ok for a dog to go #1 or #2 in public is a dirty person. These are the same people who walk around the city holding a bag of feces...NO CLASS.
SEM April 12, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Josh, I take it you're not an animal person. Which is fine, but then you fall into the same category as those who complain but have no suggestion on how to improve the current situation. In which case your comment/insult is counterproductive; venting against the good folks of Beacon Hill who would rather pick up their dog's feces then have it on the side walk or street, being courteous and respectful neighbors. In case you missed the big picture, the real issue is with the truly un-classy folks who leave the feces strewn about for their more classy neighbors to step in. Would you rather us just leave the poop on the sidewalk? Would that be more "classy" than carrying it to the closest trash bin? By all means, enlighten us with your classy words of wisdom.
DM April 12, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Thank you, for hitting the nail on the head. There is something very disheartening about living in a community in which so many (not all!) feel a sense of entitlement and superiority that compels them to mistake a city environment for a bubble in which only themselves, and there interests exist.
Nicole April 12, 2012 at 04:44 PM
These are some of the most absurd and ignorant comments i have ever read. Do you yourself not go to the bathroom? Do you find the idea of baby diapers to be disgusting? If you are this deeply offended by the idea of dog ownership in cities, i suggest you take some of your own advice and move somewhere where you yourself can own private property. However, if you choose to live in a city, suck it up cause this is part of city life. Let me be clear that i am not an advocate of people who do not properly clean up after their dogs or properly dispose of the waste. Unfortunately there will always be individuals who don't follow the rules. However there are defiantly bigger and more important issues, such as people i have seen relieving themselves in public in and around the Hill. Another truly important issue would be trying to curb the public drug use i witness on a regular basis in this area. If your biggest concern and issue in this neighborhood is the bathroom habits of the canine residence i suggest you open your eyes and take a look around because there are definatly real issues of concern and this is not high up on the list people.
Superfly April 12, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I'm sorry, but I seem to be missing something. Are the dog haters here really insinuating that it's ok to threaten fellow neighbors over dog pee? Everyone has discussed improper K9 bowel movements, but no one has said its wrong to threaten your neighbors. Now that's classy.
CF April 12, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I think that threats are an inappropriate way to deal with any situation under any circumstance. There must have been a perception of abuse if the authorities were called. That being said, responsible dog owners will, unfortunately, take the brunt of the wrath of people who are upset about the behavior of the irresponsible dog owners. I agree with Nicole about the more important and pressing issues!
Ashley April 12, 2012 at 06:08 PM
This is pure humor at this point. Just one question for the classy person on the hill josh- how do you sleep at night knowing that you have to wipe our own ***? Your hand is alot closer to the sh** than if you carried a poo bag?
Caroline April 12, 2012 at 06:45 PM
People are just tired of dog owners using the streets as a toilet. It's called respect for others and the community, especially when it's a health issue. I see dog walkers all day letting their dog go at the Mass General, and in front of beautiful churches and buildings. This is not nice. It has to stop. I don't blame this man for being angry. When a dog walker fouls, its simply show no respect for others around them. I sometimes feel bad for the dog for having an irresponsible owner. Sorry folks, but it is the truth. God Bless.
puddin tane April 12, 2012 at 07:12 PM
what about rats? should we put signs up to tell then not to "foul" on Beacon Hill as well? We should also speak to the canadian geese because they have no sense of shame either..wait maybe they have diplomatic immunity being from Canada and all If we could just get rid of all animals, rodents and birds Beacon Hill would just be so much nicer!
Ray M. April 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Rats are known to eat dog feces. Just another great point to prohibit dog fouling in Boston. Thanks puddin tane.
puddin tane April 12, 2012 at 07:29 PM
but where are the rats then going to the bathroom, because their feces contains dog feces which is quite disturbing...someone should really write these rats a strongly worded letter..
puddin tane April 12, 2012 at 07:33 PM
and one more thing. Can we please ban all babies and children using diapers. Those diapers, which contain both human excrement and urine, lay in flimsy plastic bags waiting for pickup 3 times a week right on our streets! No haz mat warning on anything. God forbid some poor person looking for empty bottles of my good wine to get a nickle opens one up! Then that waste is everywhere!
Kimberly Ashton (Editor) April 12, 2012 at 07:54 PM
A commenter has privately contacted me with information that the incident described in the police report took place in a public alley between 76 and 78 W. Cedar St.
AF April 12, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Are you guys insane? They are dogs. They go to the bathroom outside. Get over it. Most owners will (and should) pick up after them if there is anything to pick up. It's not like you're licking the ground. You're walking on it. I am sure dog owners try their hardest to bring their pets to parks to do their business but if a dog has to go, it has to go. Stop getting so worked up. You live in a city and there are far more important things for you to spend time and energy complaining about.
Kevin April 12, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I believe the health of the people and the community is one of the most important isssues in Boston. If you dont have your health, then you have nothing. Good health is what makes us live and be productive. Prosecute those who violate our health. Stop dog fouling.
Kevin April 12, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Dr. Bert, excellent point. People need to be educated on this topic to understand the health risk of dog fouling. Great job Doc.
puddin tane April 12, 2012 at 08:58 PM
good plan kevin! perhaps a full time police poop patrol would be in order. god knows the city has more money then they know what to do with!
Nicole April 12, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Kevin, are you serious? Do you currently have your health? If "good health is what makes us live and be productive" then you must not have your health cause your comments and thought process seem to be quite stunted and unproductive. Its amazing to me with all your health concerns you would choose to live in a city. Maybe you should reconsider your own life and health choices.
Kyla April 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I find it not only cruel for dog owners to foul our streets, I also find it cruel and painful for the dog when they have a collar and leash on them. It breaks my heart. Also, dogs living in the city in small aprartment spaces puts a dog under tremendous stress. A dog belongs in the country running free, not living in a major city with a collar and leash. Looks so barbaric.
Superfly April 13, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Caroline, do you blame the guy for using threats? Kyle, have you ever had a dog for a pet?
Barbara G. April 13, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Dirty, dirty, dirty. Shame, shame, shame on any dog walker polluting our neighborhood.
chris April 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM
What gets posted on patch and what happens in real life are two entirely different things. I live on Beacon Hill. I have a dog. My dog urinates and defecates, usually in the gutter, occasionally, through poor attention on my part, on the sidewalk. I keep her out of gardens, planted tree pits, people's front steps, etc. I clean up after her, and I deposit the waste properly in a trash barrel. I have had nothing but entirely pleasant interactions with neighbors; nobody has ever complained to me or acted rude or stated or implied that I shouldn't have a dog.
Christopher Popham Smith April 13, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Gosh.....it is inconceivable that after more than 30 hours we are still receiving opinions on dog poop. "Doggonit" my fellow readers, let's move on........ enough is enough.
Phyllis Browne April 16, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Thank you Wendy-yours is the voice of sanity. Enough with all the other hysteria. We live in a city not a bubble.


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