DESERVES A PEST -FREE,
2,000,000 Atlanta Residents have no sewer system.
Our metro dogs don't use the toilet. Rain and irrigation washes the waste into creeks, storm drains & street runoff (which isn't treated at wastewater plants). We always double-bag collected dog waste and dispose of it in a manner exceeding all regulations and EPA guidelines. Remember, when your dog goes on the lawn, it doesn't just stay on the lawn!
(1) Zoonotic Diseases (passed from animal to human). Children and infants are the most vulnerable. Considerations are roundworm (lingers in the soil), Toxacara Canis, which can cause blindness. Hookworms. Campylobacter (Campylobacteriosis â a bacterial infection carried by dogs and cats that frequently causes diarrhea in humans), Adenovirus, E. coli, Listeria, Toxocariasis â roundworms usually transmitted from dogs to humans, often without noticeable symptoms, but may cause vision loss, a rash, fever, or cough. And this is just a partial list.
(2) Urban and storm water pollution. The EPA and many state and local agencies are learning and reporting on the dangers and effects of dog waste on waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) even estimates that two or three days worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay, and all watershed areas within 20 miles of it, to swimming and shellfishing.
(3) Dog waste does NOT make good fertilizer. It contains microorganisms from your dog's digestive system that can be passed along to plants. A person can become very ill by eating fruits or veggies "fertilized" with dog feces. Also, compost piles may not get hot enough to kill disease-causing organisms. Read "The Scoop on Poop"
(4) Insects and pests and odor elimination.
When pet waste is improperly disposed of, it can be picked up by storm-water runoff and washed into storm drains or nearby water bodies. Since storm drains do not always connect to treatment facilities, untreated animal feces often end up in lakes and streams, causing significant water pollution.
Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen and sometimes releases ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia can damage the health of fish and other aquatic life. Pet waste carries bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can threaten the health of humans and wildlife. Pet waste also contains nutrients that promote weed and algae growth (eutrophication). Cloudy and green, Eutrophic water makes swimming and recreation unappealing or even unhealthy.
GET FREEDOM FROM A DOG OWNER'S WORST CHORE TODAY
Please keep your best friend's yard clean and safe for him and your family
Dog poop is not good for you, your dog or the environment. Please make sure your dog's poop is scooped.