Dog turds contain parasites and other germs. It can contain tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, corona virus, parvo virus, and giardia as well as bacteria such as salmonella, fecal streptococcus and fecal coliform bacteria. Any person or animal/pet coming into contact with the waste runs the risk of infection.
It’s against the law in many locations to leave dog poop in a public place. Large fines have been known to be issued if an owner is caught leaving behind these special gifts. Even if there are no restrictions in an area, cleaning up after your pet is always the right thing to do.
Dog turds are a known source of water pollution. Dog feces that make its way into the storm drains and into our lakes, ponds, and streams adds nitrogen to the water. Excess nitrogen depletes the oxygen in water necessary for beneficial underwater grasses, wildlife and fish.
Roundworms and hookworms that are left behind in infected turds can get into the soil and live there for years!
Dog waste is unsightly, smelly, attracts insects, and is a breeding ground for bacteria. It's just plain nasty!
It’s bad for lawns. Far from being what some call “good fertilizer”, pet waste is very acidic which causes burns and yellowing of the grass.
It can take over a year for one pile of dog waste to fully break down into the soil.
Nobody wants to find poop on their shoe and track it into their home, car or business. Yuck!