Letter to the Editor: Shocking Discovery on Field is Shameful

Resident urges others to speak up if they notice pets on the new athletic field at Coginchaug High School.


It amazes me that a few bad pet owners, who act irresponsible, spoil it for the hundreds of responsible caring pet owners in town.

I help out with the Durham Middlefield Falcons football games which are hosted at home on our new turf field. We were setting up for what is always a great day of football and cheerleading this past Sunday when a parent approached me with some shocking news.  Apparently an irresponsible pet owner had allowed their dog to relieve himself on the 28 yard line.  Did you not see the sign?  Did you think you were being funny? Did you realize that little kids, our kids, use that field. How dare you? You are the person who makes it necessary to have rules against pets. You’re the person who spoils it for everyone else. I can’t understand how you just walked away. 

Needless to say, I cleaned up after you. Durham residents, if you see people being neglectful, if you see them ruining it for you, please speak up and tell them to stop.   

Gary L. Paxton


April Leiler September 12, 2012 at 10:47 PM
That's awful. I use the track all the time and never see dogs inside the fence! And if I did, I would say something, and not just because I happen to be the Assistant Animal Control Officer in town!
Knickerbocker September 13, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Oops, I guess we need bathroom facilities for the animals too! Chalk up yet another 1/4 million in this year’s BOE budget! Sorry – I know bad joke - but the timing with the bathroom facility issue was just too tempting to pass up. Some pet owners' brains are also made of AstroTurf.
Scott Wheeler September 13, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Why it needs to be locked up when there are no scheduled Reg 13 events happening. It is the student body's field and not some town park where it is open to the public for things like this to happen. It is common knowledge people do not treat other's property as they would their own and here is a prime example. It needs to be secured for the people it was voted for; the student body.
Jim in Durham September 13, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Maybe not a dog ,but a coyote or wolf ( I know not in Durham according to DEP ,but cougars have been seen <half a mile from here and I'll swear the thing I saw that DEP said was a coyote was a wolf-3 feet tall at the shoulder,head about a foot wide) . The people(taxpayers) own this facility,not the student body .
Paul Haberern September 13, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Two adults were asked to refrain from riding their bicycles on the brand new track soon after the facility opened last year. A CRHS soccer mom figured it was OK to bring her pet into the stands with her to watch the game. She walked right by the sign and completely ignored the gentleman who pointed out that pets were not allowed. Eventually she got the message. One parent went two for two with a pet and a child on a bike inside the fence. If you are polite I've found most people, locals and visitors, will abide. Frequently they just aren't aware. Don't be reluctant to speak up.


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