At the end of December, I cleaned up this yard in Lawrenceville in the 4700 block of Hatfield Street. I removed over 50 pounds of dog feces. I’m sad to say that not even a month later, it is completely covered in feces again. Cleaning up after your dog is not only the law, but it’s the right thing to do. Here are some of the reasons why cleaning up after your dog is so important:
1) Stormwater carries pet waste and other pollutants directly into waterways. Animal waste adds nitrogen to the water.
2) Excess nitrogen depletes the oxygen in water necessary for beneficial underwater grasses, wildlife, and fish.
3) Animal waste may contain harmful organisms such as Giardia, Salmonella, and E. coli that can be transmitted to humans and other animals by ingesting contaminated water.
4) Roundworms and hookworms deposited by infected animals can live in the soil for long periods of time and be transmitted to other animals and humans.
5) It’s the law! Many urban and suburban areas require you to pick up after your pet. Even if there is no restriction, cleaning up after your pet is always the right thing to do.
6) Joining the growing number of responsible pet owners may encourage hotel managers to accept pets when you are traveling and help keep fees to a minimum.
7) No one likes to step in pet waste and spread it into homes, cars, and businesses. Cleaning pet waste off your shoes is never easy or pleasant.
8) Scooping on a daily basis and applying lime will help prevent odors.
9) It’s easy to clean up by carrying doggy plastic bags and paper towels in your pocket. The bags can be secured and thrown away in the garbage.