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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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donnadaams37
donnadaams37

If you going to have a dog be clean about and many people use disabled  for their reason for having one i can see a service dog and even than you should have someone who can or would do it for you because you can't make anyone , but the thing is if a human came and did his thing in your yard you would be pissed it no different than a dog doing it

KBMouse
KBMouse

A police officer came to my home today and said he had complaints that my dog was running loose and pooping in peoples yards. First off my dog is leased and a service dog for me. She has been trained to never go to the bathroom in anyones yards I walk her down a country road and she poops on side of road not near anyones home. He told me that it was still apart of the town and against an ordinance. Now I live in Arizona(just moved here) there are dangerous creatures and snakes here and I am not gonna pick up her poop and get bit by a scorpion or a rattlesnake or these dangerous frogs you have here. She is not violating anyones yards and there is no grass here that is why I take her down the road where the side of the road has grass. But now I have to pick up her poop because of this and if I get bit by any of these creatures I will sue this town! As I am disabled, blind, and deaf on one side. Some people have a right to complain if dogs are going in there yards but not where NO ONE LIVES!

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

@KBMouse If you can't pick up after your dog, you shouldn't have a dog. Leaving dog poo all over is a health hazard, it's unsightly, and even if no one lives on that land, it still belongs to somebody and is NOT your dog's toilet!


I live in Arizona, too, - Central Phoenix to be exact - and I have never been stung by a scorpion or bitten by a rattlesnake while picking up dog poo that my neighbors' dogs leave on MY lawn. If you get bitten or stung, it's YOUR FAULT for not paying attention. Go to Target and buy one of those dog-poop-scooper things that have a long handle on them - that way you can't get bitten or stung. And "dangerous frogs"? Really? You're really reaching here, aren't you? You'll grasp onto any ridiculous reason to justify being a lazy, irresponsible pet owner.


You're a pathetic excuse for a dog owner, I don't care what disabilities you have. If I saw you not picking up after your dog, you'd find your dog's poop on your front porch the next morning. Not kidding. 

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

 

KBMouse
KBMouse

@JaePea @KBMouse Well first of all she is my service dog and a registered medical necessity. You must not know about Arizona frogs look it up. I have seen them here they are called the Sonoran Desert Frog filled with poisonous glands all they have to do is lick you check it out. I do carry a bag and towels to pick it up but when I walk her now during the day but at night I do not and it is on the side of the road not on someones land there are no houses around and it is by the woods the city mows the high grass down when it is not mowed a large scoop will not work and I will not take a chance on my life. My dog does not go by anyones home this is a country road and I will pick it up during the day but not at night. I am a responsible dog owner and she has saved my life 4 times, I take very good care of her.  I can understand if this was in town with a lot of homes around or subdivision. I walk away from all homes and subdivision. Even the police officer said the complaint was unfounded. 









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