Now, through the actions of the Downtown Kingsport Association, little "surprises" left on the sidewalks of downtown will become fewer and farther between.
Sherri Mosley, the executive director of the DKA, explained when the DKA design committee noticed how more and more residents were moving into downtown — about 120 now — the people were also bringing their dogs with them.
"Which is great, except they sometimes leave packages on the sidewalk. It became annoying and disturbing to the customers and merchants," Mosley said.
"We figured out there's a need for dog waste stations to allow pet owners to take their dogs for a walk and not give them an excuse to let their dog leave a nice little gift on the sidewalk."
The dog waste stations are essentially plastic bag dispensers, and 17 of them have been placed strategically throughout the downtown area, mainly in the areas where people are living and as close to a garbage can as possible.
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