If you walk through New York City, you’ll notice that small tree beds line almost every street and avenue. They are supposed to be off-limits to dogs doing their business (but many pet owners rely on them for midday potty breaks).
Someone in Queens recently became so angry about pups using the patch of tree bed outside of their apartment, they booby-trapped it — and what it did to the dogs attempting to do have a bathroom break is truly upsetting.
The property owner made the hazardous tree bed traps by placing hard plastic pieces and push-pins in all three planters in front of their building. They hoped that the resulting bed would be too painful for any dogs to step on and use.
The cleverly hidden pins have injured at least one dog. His owner posted a picture on a local Facebook group page, warning others in the area of the dangerous patches of mulch and dirt.
When the news team that heard of the story arrived in Astoria, so did the authorities. It seems the booby-trapping not only hurt innocent animals, but it also broke quite a few laws. An investigation is currently underway, so residents in the area are encouraged to take their dogs to designated safe grassy areas for potty breaks.
Although there is hidden danger, at least the dogs themselves don’t seem too concerned about it!
Apparently, the pins and sharp debris wasn’t the first attempt the property owner made to dissuade dogs from using the patches of dirt as a bathroom.
“It was about a month ago, we put her in this bed right there to go to the bathroom as usual,” said a dog owner named Caitlin. “And she was sniffing around in it and I looked at her face and it was covered in blood.”
There were large shards of glass hidden in the dirt that cut the pup’s face. This level of selfish violence against innocent animals is shocking. It seems the owner of the building truly does not care what will happen to the dogs they injure.
Hopefully, the property owner will brought to justice. Until then, the residents of the Astoria neighborhood in New York should be cautious when taking their dogs out on their daily walks.