So what’s the big deal? Dog poop is a natural fertilizer, right? WRONG! The truth about dog poop is that it’s the equivalent of putting raw sewage on the sidewalk. When pet owners choose not to clean up after their dog, the health of our community, environment and particularly our children are put at risk.
Fecal Facts & Figures
- Due to its high nutrient concentration, dog poop is toxic to your lawn and favorite trails. Poop left on the ground causes burns and discoloration to grass and other vegetation.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies pet waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil.
- An average size dog dropping contains 3 billion fecal coliform bacteria.
- In addition to fecal coliform, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirms that dog poop can spread parasites including hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and Salmonella.
- Every time it rains in Valdosta, un-scooped poop is washed into storm drains that flow directly into our local rivers and streams.
- Although poop may eventually “wash-away,” it does not disappear. The parasite eggs can linger in the grass and soil for up to 4 years! When a human or animal comes into contact with that soil through everyday activities like walking barefoot or gardening, they risk infection.
SCOOP THE POOP: IT’S YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL DOODY (PUN INTENDED)!