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One residents says it's gross to see how many messes are still around, thanks to the flags. Source: WBRC video One residents says it's gross to see how many messes are still around, thanks to the flags. Source: WBRC video
Each flag has a unique message but the sentiment is the same: Clean up! Source: WBRC video Each flag has a unique message but the sentiment is the same: Clean up! Source: WBRC video
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

On any given day you can expect to see a number of people walking their dogs at any of the three parks around Highland Avenue.

But what a lot of them are not doing is picking up after their pet's waste.

"A lot of us have gotten sick and tired of seeing, smelling, stepping in the dog waste," said Highland resident David Dinehart.

Dinehart is part of Highland Park FIDO, a group of residents who are frustrated with people leaving their dog's mess behind.

"It's a personal responsibility that you've got not only to your dogs because very honestly this does pass worms and parasites between dogs if your dog steps in it," Dinehart said.

That concern and disgust led Highland Park FIDO to plant dozens of signs and flags around Highland Park. Each sign is next to an unpleasant sight with a little message like, "Bad owner! Pick up your dog's poop!"

"It's frustrating you know. I have stepped in it right before work. It's made me late," said Highland resident Angie Harrison.

Harrison said her front yard also serves as a drop spot for some dog owners.

"I like the approach because it's not completely in your face and like angry but it's a nice subtle way to let people know, pick up after your dog," said Harrison.

Sara Collins walks her dog Ranger in Highland Park regularly. She said seeing so many flags around the park is just plain gross.

"I knew people don't clean up after themselves but after seeing all the flags its surprising seeing how many there are," said Collins.

Members of Highland Park FIDO plan on going out next week to clean up the mess that was flagged.

They're hoping that by raising more awareness about the issue more owners will take responsibility and clean up after their pets.

You can follow Highland Park FIDO on Facebook.

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