Pet waste left on the ground can be carried by rain or irrigation water into our local creeks and bays, contributing to pollution. Pet waste contains pathogenic bacteria and other parasites. When it is washed into our waterways it decays in the water, depleting oxygen levels and releasing ammonia, which can be harmful to fish and other aquatic organisms. It also contains nutrients that foster weed and algae growth.
WHY SCOOP THE POOP?
There are over 84 million dogs living in the United States, creating 22.9 trillion pounds of waste per year – much of which is left on lawns, sidewalks, trails, and parks.
Pet waste also contains bacteria and parasites like ringworm, salmonella, Giardia, and E. coli – to name just a few. Just one gram of dog waste can contain up to 23 million fecal coliform bacteria. This is known to cause serious health problems in humans, like intestinal illness and kidney disorders. Once these water-borne pathogens enter the watershed, it can make it unfit for swimming and other recreational activities.
City ordinance 22.11 requires the owner or person in control of an animal to remove any feces deposited by the animal on public or private property. Animal feces deposited upon any other property must be collected and removed daily.
- Bag pet waste and place it into your garbage can for pickup, flush it, or bury it at least six inches in the ground.
- Clean pet waste daily from yards.
- Only dispose of pet waste in solid waste containers.
- Never rinse pet waste out of yards or sidewalks into storm drains.
- Don't use pet waste as fertilizer. This can create health hazards and can harm soil quality.
- Never toss pet waste into a storm drain.