Issues: animal problem
120 Homewood Ave Toronto, ON
Supposedly this park was designed by a famous landscaper but I can't believe that this is what she intended.
We have two names for it.
Kitty Litter Park and/or Puppy Poop Park,
There is no grass only a finely ground stone just like kitty litter that gets into any sandal or open shoe.
The large flat polished top boulders that are supposed to act as benches
are permanently stained with dog urine so much so that you do not want to sit on them.
There is dog poop all over the place you have to be careful where you walk.
The trees are doing poorly and are obviously stressed.
A few are not going to make it.
They are plane trees which when healthy will keep their leaves most of winter. They are also huge and when full grown will crowed each other out so many have been planted.
You could see that a lot of the new growth was dying this summer, a desperate attempt to save themselves.
Last year I noticed how poorly they were doing and I spoke to someone working at a large junction box asking if the trees were watered. I forget the conversation but I noticed that directly after that the trees started to put out all kinds of new growth appeared which most of which has been lost.
I think that the watering system was turned on,
I don't think that they have recovered from that because they keep losing new growth and are very sparse and scraggly looking.
Plane treesare large densely bushed trees not tall scraggly things with hardly any new growth.
The worst thing is in this heat when you entered the SW Homewood corner the stench of dog urine was unbearably strong.
I never feel good about walking into my apartment after walking through there.
You just feel dirty and I have had people tell me that they have special shoes they just wear there.
This park was supposed to be dedicated to the nurses and doctors of Wellesly Hospital
They would have a bird at the filled cat box aspect.
There are no flowers just a few ratty bushes around the fringe. a couple of steel benches and garbage pails on the Homewood side.
Several people want to turn it into a dog park but it is practically there already.
With no controls!
Instead of being a quiet restful place of dignity and inner city peace it is more like a revolting dog run. Uglly, filthy, stinky and unsafe.
Can anything be done to make this a park that two legged creatures can enjoy?
Maybe a portion could be for dogs? How about grass, flowers?
550 Bayview Avenue Toronto, ON
The DogPatch is a city owned property who is looked after by The Humane Society of Canada on behalf of the City of Toronto. Over the past two to three years the dogpatch has been taken over by a number of dogwalkers, who appear to be running their businesses out of this fenced in area. When I started using the DogPatch approximately 10 years ago it was a lovely spot to take one or two dogs for a quiet and enjoyable walk. Today it is overrun by dogwalkers 6 or 7 at any time and at least 30 to 40 dogs. There is one dogwalker who has someone bringing vans full or dogs to drop off and pick up and she does this all day. The dogwalkers are completely irrresponsible and do not watch their dogs. They spend most of their time standing around chit-chating with each other. The dogs are completely ignored and left to fend for themselves. Usually the dogs will lie under trees or brush for some shelter since there is no water availalble. There is also an area which is filled with infested mud that never dries up and is a cesspool of who knows what type of parasites. There is one dogwalker who regularily comes with a dog in a wheelchair and the poor dog can barely move around and the walker just ignores the dog. I contacted the Humane Society of Canada and spoke with them last May about what is happening and they agree that dogwalkers are not permitted to run their business from their, but they don't know what to do. They have told the walkers not to come back but they don't care and keep coming back. I really hope you can do something about this. This property should also be under the control of By-Law Enforcement, but they don't come around either. The way these poor dogs are being treated by these walkers are a form of animal abuse. Most of the little dogs stand by the front gate crying to leave, because they are scared of the bigger dogs. Should you require additional information I can be reached at 416-423-1251.
1 VoteFix it! Voted!55 Overland Dr Toronto, ON
City animal control officers won't patrol or ticket off-leash dog owners because the playground here is on school not city property, police won't patrol or ticket because it is an animal control issue. Can you help us resolve this jurisdictional gap?