Poop Pollutes – Leave No Pile Behind
Do you leave your dog’s waste around the neighborhood because you think you’re providing free fertilizer? Perhaps you don’t scoop the poop because you think it’s disgusting!
Pet waste left on the ground creates a health risk for pets and people. Like human waste, animal waste can contain harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites, some of which can live in the soil for months after the pile is gone. Pet waste also washes into our creeks and river, making the water unsafe for recreation and accelerating the growth of nuisance algae in the water.
One pile might not seem like a lot, but it adds up! More than 250,000 dogs live in Austin, so approximately 150,000 pounds of dog waste is produced in our city every day!
Please Scoop the Poop… every stinkin’ time:
- Bring It! Keep scooper bags on-hand for home use and carry bags when you walk your dog.
- Scoop It! Use the baggie like a glove, scoop the poop, invert and seal the bag.
- Toss It! Place the bag in your (or in a public) trash can.
Austin City Code 3-4-6 DEFECATION BY A DOG OR CAT:
“An owner or handler shall promptly remove and sanitarily dispose of feces left on public or private property by a dog or cat being handled by the person, other than property owned by the owner or handler of the dog or cat.” Potential Fine: Up to $500.
SCOOP THE POOP, AUSTIN – for cleaner streets, creeks, and feet!
Visit www.ScoopThePoopAustin.org or call 512-974-2550 for FREE yard signs, posters, and brochures to help get the word out in your neighborhood!