Remember: Each park provides plastic bags to pick up your dog's waste, we ask that if you don't bring your own poo bags to please utilize those provided by the parks. If you walk your dog on public streets or let your dog roam your back yard, please remember to scoop the poop. You make the difference.
Why is Fur Kids Foundation so down on dog poo left behind at parks? Not only is it the right thing to do—and there is no such thing as a poop fairy—dog waste left behind by dog owners on walks poo-lutes! Here are three explanations:
- Besides the unsightliness of dog waste on the ground, left behind dog poo poses a significant health hazard to people. The CDC confirms that pet waste can spread parasites including hookworms, ringworms, roundworms, tapeworms and Salmonella.
- Left behind do poo also contributes to harmful bacteria to our lakes, streams and waterways. When it rains, dog waste left on the ground washes into storm drains, which then flows into nearby streams, lakes and waterways including Gillette’s favorite public fishing lake at Dalbey Memorial Park. Therefore, the runoff from neglected pet waste also creates health hazards for fish, ducks, etc.
- Dog waste left behind on our trails can also spread parvovirus. Parvovirus, or parvo, is an extremely contagious viral disease that can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog's FECES. That’s right, not picking up pet waste can also make Rover ill. Highly resistant, parvovirus can live in the environment for months, and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors. It is common for an unvaccinated dog to contract parvovirus from parks where there are many dogs.