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If Your Dog Poops, You Must Scoop!


Today we are talking all about poop – your pet’s poop that is!

Pet waste is smelly, unsightly and a health risk to pets and people, especially children. If a child happens to touch an object that has come in contact with dog feces and then touches their hand to their mouth or eyes, they could become infected with a disease.

Pet waste, if left on trails, sidewalks and grassy areas, can also be washed into the nearest water system when it rains. The bacteria, parasites and viruses in pet waste can harm water quality and anyone who comes in contact with it.

Here are five reasons why you should always SCOOP THE POOP:

  1. To protect your local water quality.
  2. To protect our children from diseases.
  3. To help monitor your dog’s health.
  4. It is part of being a responsible pet owner.
  5. It’s the law!

Section 6-24 from the Houston Department of Health and Human Services states that it is the duty of each person in control of a dog or cat to promptly remove and dispose of, in a sanitary manner, feces left by such dog or cat.

So to all my fellow pet owners out there – let’s do our part to keep the environment clean and community healthy… Let’s scoop that poop!

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