With over 120,000 dogs in Calgary, the amount of pet waste in our city can quickly add up if owners aren’t picking up after their pets. The City’s P.U.P.P.Y. (Pick Up Pooch’s Poo Yourself) program focuses on keeping our city pet-waste free and promotes responsible dog ownership.
The scoop on dog poop
Dog waste can be harmful to people, pets and the environment, if not picked up and disposed of properly.
- It often contains E. coli and other harmful bacteria, such as salmonella, that can cause serious illness in humans.
- It can transmit parasites, including tapeworm and roundworm larvae, that can lead to brain, eye and other human organ damage.
- Its high-nutrient content creates “hot spots” causing nearby grass and plants to burn and discolour.
- It can contaminate lakes, rivers and other water sources when carried away by rain or melting snow.
- It attracts mice, coyotes and other wildlife to urban areas.
- It does not absorb into the soil, so the risk of spreading its harmful effects can linger for years.