The Real Scoop on Dog Poop

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No one likes seeing, smelling, or stepping in dog poop, but did you know that unscooped poop presents serious issues for water quality and human health?

The Facts

  • Pet waste is raw sewage. It can transmit bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens to humans and other animals, including tapeworm, roundworm, E. Coli, giardia, salmonella, and more.
  • Four out of ten U.S. households have at least one dog, and four out of ten of those dog owners don’t pick up after their dogs.
  • Unscooped poop in yards, parks, and sidewalks gets into our lakes, streams and rivers, even into groundwater.
  • Nutrients in pet waste cause excess algae in lakes and streams. This limits the light available to aquatic plants. Also, as algae decays it uses up oxygen needed by fish.

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