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Animal collection causes stink after dog defecation complaints

The Local · 20 Jul 2011, 10:30

Published: 20 Jul 2011 10:30 GMT+02:00

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Neighbours in the Gladbeck apartment block obviously did not know what they were letting themselves in for when they complained about two canines being allowed to use the communal garden as a toilet.

The dogs’ owners – two women who shared a flat – complied with the request, but, according to the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), started to collect more furry friends.

Soon their small flat was filled with 20 dogs, eight cats and untold other small animals – and the rest of the building started to smell accordingly.

Landlord Dirk Große told the WAZ it has taken a year to get the two women and their pets to leave.

“At temperatures above 20 degrees, the whole building stinks bestially,” one neighbour complained to the WAZ.

Große told the newspaper he tried various things to get the women to give up the animals. He sent them an eviction threat, but the women got a lawyer, complained about a leak and stopped paying rent.

He called police and animal control officials on a weekly basis, but they told him there was nothing they could do.

Finally, a police officer took a special interest in the case and obtained a court order to have the animals removed. Last Friday, officials carted them away, according to the WAZ.

The women’s lawyer has informed Große that his clients are now searching for a new flat.

But though the stinkiness has come to an end, Große is still worried about what he will find in the flat will be in when he finally gets the keys back.

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“If it is as I fear, I will have to sell the building,” he told the newspaper.

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12:40 July 20, 2011 by Gretl
If it is as he fears, why wouldn't he renovate the building? He is a slumlord afterall. Why would he pass the problem on to someone else?
13:48 July 20, 2011 by oldWine
Many people in Germany make their dogs to sht on the pavements/foot paths.

these people don't have really respect for others and think they are some kind of royals. Even I have seen some of the neighbors who have dogs make there dogs to sht infront of colored foreigners house gates. I don't knwo why they do that.

These are mentally sick people, may be the person in the news was a friend of these people.
17:22 July 20, 2011 by BrainWave19
I think there should be an anti-litter law passed in Germany considering the fact that the pet owners are insensitive to the fellow beings around. The pet owners do not remove the faeces() of their pets from the walkways, gardens, pavements after the pets have done their job. This is a serious environmental issue too - stink spreading all over the place. There should be a law barring people from doing such acts. I am yet to catch a owner and a dog doing such an act on camera and the day it is done, it is sure to be on internet and show the world about the insensitivity of the people form the world's best economy.....sad.
00:45 July 21, 2011 by Struwel
Perhaps the landlord is looking for a bit sympathy. If it is as he fears, it's difficult to imagine that somebody will buy the building.

However, without to think of that at least the animals seemingly had a good life - since no-one could do something - it sems to me that so many animals are too much even for a bigger flat.

As for "make their dogs to sht on the pavements/foot paths." - I don't think that those people missing respect or think they are kind of better people, neither they are mentally sick since they don't tell their dog to do it just there. Luckily, there is no law that says where the dog has to do his "business". But there is a law what says that the dog owner has to put away his dog's sht. And that is it what I'm doing when I go for a walk with my dog.

And even though it's actually off topic now, when I walk with open eyes around here and see all the dirt, I think here are living many more people, and not just only the dog owners, who are insensitive to the others. Germany may need an anti-dirt law.
08:48 July 21, 2011 by oldWine

I saw in vienna the dog owners carry a small bag and cleans the foot paths whenever the dogs sht.

But missing this in germany.

I think it is a matter of respecting others, the same foot path is being used by a big number of people who pays tax to the grman govt but and a group of people among them might not be allergic or hates dog's sht but the other dog owners they don't really care ( it is a kind of disrespect).
18:18 July 21, 2011 by Struwel

you will not see me carry a small bag since it's in my bag or backpack as long as I don't need it.

As for taxes, dog owners also pay taxes and additional a dog license fee, where I'm living it's 156,00 Euro/year. What means they pay even more than the other people using the foot path and they don't get anything for that money. So, go away with "a big number of people who pays taxes". Perhaps the cities should use the money they get from the dog owners to buy any machines to clean the ways.

That said, I think I understand what you want to say. Disrespect is a good word to describe the behavior of those dog owners who don't care about what their dog is doing. I don't think anybody likes to step into dog's sht and it's really not that difficult to clean the way. Like it's not at all really diffcult to put the empty Mc Donald's bag into the next trash can instead of just to let drop it on the meadow.
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