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Ben Avon resident wants cleanup to 'stinky' issue



None - BEN AVON, Pa. -- A Ben Avon resident is outraged after she said dog owners aren't cleaning up after their pets.

Alison Trexel said the problem has gotten so out of control that she worries for the health of the children in the area.

"These children are playing on the sidewalks, young children are putting their hands in their mouths and touching their shoes, and these feces carry some serious health issues like E-coli and salmonella," Trexel said.

"It's such a clean area and when you see the big piles it's kind of weird and disgusting," said Ben Avon resident Adrijana Gunjak.

Trexel said she took her concerns to borough council, who said they are looking for ways to educate residents on how to be better dog owners.

"I got a positive response. It's a hard issue to get a hold of because it's hard for police to be out enforcing people to be out cleaning up after their dogs," Trexel said.

Dog owners can be fined up to $600 for leaving animal waste in public areas.