Residents urged to clean up after pets

Date Modified: Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:28am

"Good neighbors pick up after their pets" written on a sign with drawing of person walking a dog.Besides being unsightly and smelly, animal waste can be hazardous to the health of children who play in the community and to other pets. Roundworms, E. coli, and Giardia are just a few of the many harmful microorganisms that can be transmitted from pet waste to humans. Some can last in yards for as long as four years if not cleaned up. Children who play outside and adults who garden are at greatest risk of infection.

When walking a dog in the community, remember it is important to immediately clean up after the pet. Take along a baggie to pick up waste and then dispose of it properly. By taking a few simple steps to clean up, residents contribute not only to the beautification of the community, but also to the elimination of a nuisance. 

The solution is safe and easy. Scoop it, bag it, place it in the trash and wash your hands.