One neighborhood is having such a pet poop problem that students are competing to create posters warning owners to pick up after their pooches.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced today a "curb your dog" contest, where students created reminder posters for pet owners.
Van Bramer was joined by students from P.S. 150 in Sunnyside, who noticed a large amount of dog waste around their school and reached out to his office for help.
His office is sponsoring their poster contest, which features students' art encouraging people to clean up after their pets.
“Most dog owners are not guilty of leaving their pet's poop behind,” Van Bramer said. “With the help of the students, we will get the message out that all dog owners need to be responsible for their mutt's mess."
The contest was part of their social studies classes, and kids from Pre-K through sixth grade submitted more than 280 posters, his office said.
Assistant Principal Zulma Tanzer said students learned valuable lessons about community members' rights and responsibilities.
"In our community, there has been an ongoing issue with dog owners not being responsible," Tanzer said.
Vote for your favorite at the Councilman's website starting March 25.