Let me first say, if I were to meet your dog I would probably love him. At the same time he is making me sick. Let me explain. There are more than a few reasons to pick up after that baby that you love.

  • BIOHAZRD - Yes, your dog's waste is a biohazard! Bombs Away reports that one gram of dog poop can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans.
  • CDC suggests washing your hands after handling, caring for, feeding or cleaning up after your dog. Germs from dogs can cause a variety of illnesses, from minor skin infections to serious illnesses.
  • RATS - Doo Care confirms that dog poop attracts rodents such as rats and mice. Inside the excrement, there are usually bits of food that can be a valuable resource to rodents.
  • SNAKES - Snakes eat rodents so, poop + mice = snakes.

We have all been there. We hope our fluffy friend will "do his business" in a good spot away from foot traffic. We have moments where we look around to see if anyone could have seen your pup destroy the area around someone's mailbox. I walk Mondo around Niskayuna every morning and evening, so I get it BUT it is illegal to not pick up after your dog.

  • ILLEGAL - According to No Dog Signs, the Pooper-Scooper Law cites that all pet owners must remove or clean up all fecal waste deposited by their dogs on the public and private property. This includes neighbor’s yards, sidewalks, city parks, school property and others. If it is your dog, you need to take care of its poop. In New York the penalty of not cleaning up after your dog can cost up to $100 as fines.

How do you report someone for not picking up after their dog?

  • REPORT the problem to authorities? No, you don't report to authorities. You are an adult, handle this yourself.
  • HELP - There are services such as Poop 911 Albany, the cities "Top Pooper Scooper". They will come out and clean your property for you.

GOOD NEWS - The American Kennel Club states that eating their own poop is harmless to your dog. You, however, should refrain. I added that last piece of advice.



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