The issue: people who habitually - and I mean EVERY day - take their dogs for a walk (and a big, steaming, luxuriant shit or three) on SPORTS FIELDS!!!!!!!!
What. The. Bloody. Hell.
Sports fields are for playing sports upon, not for shitting upon. If a human were to crouch and squeeze out a brown curler in the middle of the school playing fields, I'm sure that the police would probably be called by a concerned onlooker - and rightly so*. However, it seems that allowing dogs to take a dump on the soccer/rugby/lacrosse pitch is just fine and dandy, just so long as you pick it up and carry it away in a small plastic bag.
But here's the thing: poo/crap/shit isn't exactly dry in most cases. When the human picks up the offending warm goop, it's impossiblel to remove the biological contamination that's already occurred. Adults and kids playing sports on those pitches do not need to be falling face-first into the remnants of intestinal slime and gloopy, liquid-like excrement that is always left behind every canine defecation.
These days in particular, dogs tend to be fed dry kibble - which, when mixed with the copious amounts of water that the dog then drinks in order to re-hydrate itself, turns into something with a consistency similar to soft ice cream by the time it is exiting the dog's arsehole. Not only that, the quantities of this stuff that are produced at the back end far exceed (by volume) - the amount that went into the front end! It's a poo monster creeping up on us, I tell you!
As I said, the point is hopefully an obvious one and so I won't go on about it. I am, however, going to have to seriously reconsider doing my sponsored football pitch lick next weekend...
* Sadly, there are, unbelievably, some humans who do this kind of thing. I won't say who, because to do so would probably incite accusations of racism - despite it being an observed behaviour by only one cultural group within my local community...but anyway: ew.