Boston Beacon Hill condos and dogs

Boston Beacon Hill condos

Some of Beacon Hill’s most charming residents are the canine kind. As a matter of record, there are 185 adorable pooches registered on the Hill and 7,000 in all of Boston, according to the city’s registry.

But along with cuddles and fur comes a stinky problem: poop. And some Boston Beacon Hill condo owners out there don’t understand the importance of doing the neighborly thing and scooping the poop.

Dog feces are third on the list of highest contributors to contaminated water. A single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria and other nasty creatures that cause illness and serious disorders in dogs and humans alike. The EPA estimates that two or three days’ worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs (less than our Beacon Hill dog community) would contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay and all watershed areas within 20 miles of it to swimming and shell fishing.

Beacon Hill condo owners: Dog etiquette tips

  • If you forget a doggie bag, go back and grab one or ask a passing-by dog owner. It’s that important.
  • Never throw dog waste into the grates in the street. These grates are catch basins, which are part of Boston’s underground storm drain system and many lead directly to the Charles. Don’t throw your doggie bag into a neighbor’s tree pit either for him or her to clean up.
  • Contrary to popular belief, dog poop is not fertilizer. Never place dog waste near a tree or in soil: the bacteria doesn’t disappear. It’s bad for the soil, the tree, the foot that steps in it, the next dog that sniffs it, your relationship with your neighbors and the health of the Charles River and Boston Harbor.
  • Keep in mind it’s illegal to leave poop. The City of Boston’s dog fouling ordinance requires dog owners to remove and properly dispose of any feces left by dogs on sidewalks, streets, parks and neighbors’ yards. The fine is $50. We wish it were more.

Source: Beacon Hill Times

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Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

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For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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