CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - "It is sort of disheartening when people misuse the facility," said Steve Roberts, the Director of Athletics at Cabot High.
"Yes, it's a bad situation," Tina Finley added.
"We have signs posted around the facility that clearly say what the rules are," Roberts continued. One of those rules is: 'No animals allowed inside the facility.' "We want to keep the facility open to the community, but we obviously want them to respect the district's rules."
The facility at Cabot High School recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation. It is open to the public, and they are more than welcome to walk on the track. The problem is, when you bring your pets to the track with you, they generally use the restroom on the turf.
"You have to step over it or step around it, if you see it, but, if you don't then you bring it home with you. People will come up there and bring their dogs, and they potty, and they're not supposed to be up there," said Finley, who lives less than a mile away from Cabot High School. She and her husband frequently visit the track and see people violating the rule all the time. "And, it's going to be taken away from the public if it don't stop, and that's unfortunate for a lot of people who can't afford to go to gyms and stuff."
Violating that one rule is having a trickle-down effect.
"You know, you don't want your P.E. classes or your athletes landing in a pile of dog feces, so we try to do the best we can of sanitizing the area after we clean it up," Roberts said. "It's not right that the school has to suffer for it either and especially the kids."
Most of the cleaning is done by school janitors and pretty much any employee who volunteers to help.