DOG POOP CAN BE CARRIERS OF DISEASES AND SOME CAN BE PASSED TO HUMANS:
· E. coli
DOG POOP BIO-DEGRADES SLOWLY
Some people think it's okay to leave dog poop because it will break down naturally. Eventually, but the process is very slow. In high traffic areas (including your yard) dog poop will accumulate faster than it breaks down, even slower in the winter. Dog waste may take as long as a year to naturally break down. Bacteria are still there in the soil. Leaving the poop to break down naturally still could potentially leave the risk of those bacteria and parasites on the ground for several more years.
1. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pet waste can contribute to diseases that animals pass to humans, called zoonoses. When infected waste is deposited on the ground, the eggs of certain roundworms and other parasites can linger in the soil for years. Anyone, especially dogs, who comes in contact with that soil, be it through gardening, playing sports, walking barefoot or any other means, runs the risk of coming in contact with the eggs.
DOG POOP IS NOT FERTILIZER
Cow manure has a very different make up from dog waste because their digestive systems, and diets are very different. Cows are herbivores, whereas dogs are omnivores, and their diets are very high in protein. Dog waste is actually very high in nitrogen and phosphorus and can actually burn your lawn if you don’t pick it up.
DOG POOP POLLUTES THE WATER
Stormwater carries dog poop directly into waterways. Dog poop contains high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus, which pollute the water and stimulates algae growth. This can cause the water to become oxygen depleted and less healthy for fish. Cleaning up after your dog and don’t dispose of it in storm drains.
1. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deemed pet waste a "nonpoint source of pollution" in 1991, which puts dog waste in the same category as oil and toxic chemicals. A single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans. The EPA estimates that two- or three-days’ worth of waste from just 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay, and all watershed areas within 20 miles of it, to swimming and shell fishing.
IT’S THE LAW
Some cities are imposing fines for failing to pick up after your dog.