Scoop the Poop
Laurel City Code 3-39 requires that any person owning, possessing, harboring or having the care, charge control or custody of any dog must immediately remove and dispose of any fecal matter deposited by such dog on any public or private property. The waste must be placed in a closed and sealed container and be deposited in a trash receptacle, sanitary disposal unit or other closed or sealed container.
With City parks under surveillance, be aware that the penalty for violation of Laurel City Code 3-39 is a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each initial offense and one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each repeat offense.
Why Should We Care?
When it rains, it drains! Stormwater runoff is NOT treated, but rather goes directly into our local waterways, along with any other pollutants it collects along the way. This dirty water can harm people, animals, and plants. We all need to ensure a clean water future by preventing pollution before it happens. In other words, Scoop the Poop!
The Problem with Pet Waste
- Pet waste is an environmental pollutant.
- Pet waste can carry viruses and diseases that are extremely harmful to the health of humans and other animals.
- The organic matter in pet waste can degrade water quality. The decay of pet waste in water depletes oxygen and releases poisonous ammonia.
- Pet waste contains nutrients that can cause excessive algae growth in a river or lake, upsetting the natural balance.
- AND, it can't be mentioned enough that pet waste is a nuisance to look at, smell, and step in!
What You Can Do?
- Always clean up after your pet and dispose of the waste in the trash.
- Encourage your neighbors and other pet owners to be responsible; it’s not hard and the smallest action positively effects our water quality.
What You SHOULDN'T Do?
- Never dispose of pet waste near water, a storm drain or on the street.
- Never use pet waste as a fertilizer. Pet waste is very acidic due to our pet’s high protein diets.
- Never add pet waste to a compost pile. The pile will not get hot enough to kill the disease-causing organisms.
Be a good pet owner, help keep your neighborhoods clean and Scoop the Poop!