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Boulder Pooper Snooper, a kindred sprit!

I found this story during my normal morning trawl through the daily newspapers.  Maybe we should invite him over to Writtle?
Extracted from the Daily Telegraph Monday 23 July

Satellite 'pooper snooper' in the clear
By Ben Fenton
(Filed: 23/07/2001)

USING global positioning satellites to prove that dogs were polluting his corner of the planet, Patrick Murphy has catalogued 661 reasons to tread cautiously on his local school playing field.

For instance, 40deg 1min 41sec N, 105deg 16min 85sec W was a good place to avoid on March 4, when Mr Murphy conducted his comprehensive stool survey of the 4.5-acre baseball pitch and adjacent playing field.

He was so incensed at the way dog owners flouted the laws of Boulder, Colorado, which require them to remove evidence of their pets' passing, that he videotaped offenders, handed the tapes to police and demanded that they press charges.

He made more than 160 complaints in four years. But the crusading zeal of Mr Murphy, nicknamed the "Boulder pooper snooper", was too much for two dog owners and they brought complaints of harassment against him.

Police had already warned Mr Murphy that his decision to challenge James Chanin over the by-products of his two golden retrievers came close to the legal definition of harassment.

So when he later dogged the steps of Holly Mirabile as she returned to work after letting her pet add to the faecal pollution of Casey Park, and then presented his videotape at a local police station, he was arrested.

In his defence, Mr Murphy, 50, a plant ecologist, produced his GPS chart, logging each pile of pollution to an accuracy of 4.5 feet.

A jury speedily decided that in pursuing Miss Mirabile he had not harassed her but merely sought to see that the state's law was enforced.

Mr Murphy said he had made his chart not because he was obsessed with canine excrement but to show the environmental damage done by a growing number of dogs to plants and river banks of the Sanitas Valley.

He said: "Wildlife biologists know that if you count poop, you get a population estimate for the species."



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