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Don’t Want to Pick Up Dog Poop? It’ll Cost You

On any given walk with my dog, I find more poop piles than anything else. I see it on lawns, in the parks, along the beach and on the sidewalks – it’s everywhere and it’s amazing to see so much of it not being picked up.

I always pick up my dog’s poop. If I don’t have a bag, I find something to pick it up with – even if that means digging around in the trash. To those of you who do not pick up poop, here are three reasons why you should.

Poop Is Expensive

It’s against the law to leave your dog’s poop - you could face a fine of $100 or up to $750. No pet parent will dispute that picking up dog poop is unpleasant, but leaving his poop for an unsuspecting person, or another dog, to step in is not cool and frankly, makes you an irresponsible pet parent. Every dog parent hates this job, but it’s your job and you need do it, no matter how awful. Even the president picks up his dog’s poop. You have no excuses.

Poop Will Make You Sick

You can get sick from old dog poop. Your children can get sick from old dog poop. Old dog poop can find its way into your city water systems and contaminate the water you drink. It can also make your dog sick. If the dog who left the poop was sick, the next dog or person who comes into contact with that poop could become very ill with nasty parasites like E. coli, tapeworm and roundworm. Yuck! When you leave your dog’s poop, you are putting yourself, your family and your children at risk for disease.

Can I Get You a Poop Bag?

Aside from the fact that not picking up your dog’s feces is rude, it’s also bad for the environment. A lot of dog owners think that because animal manure is good for your garden, it’s okay to leave dog poop to biodegrade. Actually, dog feces is similar to human feces and is not good for the lawn, the garden or flower bed. According to gardeninggonewild.com, it’s high in nitrogen and can kill off native plants. Dog poop also accounts for 20-30 percent of all stream pollution. Gross!

Dogs are great, picking up their poop – not so much. However, leaving it can break your bank account, make you sick and wreak havoc on the environment. Not a good thing. So do your wallet, your family and Mother Earth a solid, and pick it up.

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Sonya Simpkins

Sonya Simpkins is a contributing writer for i Love Dogs, Inc. In her spare time, she loves to take her dogs for long hikes and treks to the beach, out to eat and on long road trips across the county. She then turns those adventures into useful advice for other dog parents who also love to take their dogs with them wherever they go.

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January 12, 2011 By : Category : DOGS 411 Lifestyle Tags:
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yadada
yadada

I don't pick up after my dog, and i never will, get over it, my dog doesnt poop on the sidewalk so if you step in it, its your own damn fault for walking on the grass, and dont tell me that it hurts the enviorment blahblahblah cuz i dont care about any of that stuff.

lovelylady
lovelylady

I pick up after my dog all the time and put it in the garbage. There is people who live down the street comes in my yard right in front of my door and lets their dog go looks like where a horse went. Who do you call to report this too, since its the law.

 

AwesomeDog
AwesomeDog

I believe in Picking up the Poo in public place so that people keep a positive feeling about having dogs arouns

ha
ha

Nope, I don't pick up my dogs. If I'm in the park or walking trails i don't. If its off the trail or path there is no need to pick it up. If my dog pooped on someones law i would pick it up. I see this statistic of 20-30% of stream poillution is dog feces. I can not believe that at all. So is not the gasoline, oil, fertilizer run off. Its dog crap, dog crap is the 30% of it. Thats complete BS. It will break down. Get over it.

JaePea
JaePea

@yadada Great. I'm following you home and putting your dog's  poop on your front door step.  

JaePea
JaePea

@ha Then you won't mind if I dump my cats' used kitty litter on your front porch, right? It's biodegradable. No big deal. 

AnnOMuss
AnnOMuss

hey how about i come and take huge s***s all over your driveway and all over everywhere you walk where you live, so whenever you try to drive or walk anywhere you have to dodge huge piles of crap? I mean hey, crap is crap, right? Don't worry! It will break down, all you have to do is walk around it!

lovelylady
lovelylady

I think your a ass hole . How would you like to smell dog shit when you open your windows? Jurk

 

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