Picking Up Pet Waste

Thursday, May 30, 2013 9:26 PM | Deleted user
From a Leonard Rd resident:
I woke up to two piles of dog waste on my lawn last week on two separate occasions.

Did you know that Fairfax County has a "pooper scooper" law? Pet owners who violate the County’s pooper scooper law may incur a fine up to $250.

Pet waste left on the grass makes its way to storm drains every time it rains. Storm drains lead to lakes or streams that ultimately lead to our drinking water supply. Pet waste may carry disease-causing organisms, which make water unsafe for swimming and costly to treat for drinking.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pet droppings can contribute to diseases animals pass to humans, called zoonoses. When infected dog poop is deposited on your lawn, the eggs of certain roundworms and other parasites can linger in your soil for years. Anyone who comes into contact with that soil—be it through gardening, playing sports, walking barefoot or any other means—runs the risk of coming into contact with those eggs.

Please pick up after your pets. Our health may depend on it.


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