You have to love those people walking around saying "A little dog poop never killed anyone".
Unfortunately that is not true at all and in fact, dog poop does kill people, causes blindness in children, destroys wildlife habitats and pollutes drinking water which also kills people.
It is not really all that funny or hilarious when your child goes blind from playing in a park where a dog pooped a few weeks ago. Or when your when your mother dies of Toxocariasis.
Toxocariasis is the parasitic disease caused by the larvae of two species of Toxocara roundworms: Toxocara canis from dogs and, less commonly, Toxocara cati from cats. Toxocariasis is considered one of the Neglected Parasitic Infections, a group of five parasitic diseases that have been targeted by CDC for public health action.
While people joke about dog poop and say it never hurt anyone, they are severely mistaken and millions of people are sickened by dog poop related illnesses every year.
People really do need to take this killer more seriously. Stop laughing that some stepped in it and realize if they knew it would make them sick they would be suing you for reckless endangerment.
It is only a matter of time before leaving discarded dog poop is a felony.
Most cities have laws on the books prohibiting humans from leaving poop on the streets with hard penalties and often jail time.
Chapter 6.04 PENAL CODE
6.04.360 Urinating or defecating in a public place.
A. It is unlawful for any person to urinate or defecate in any public place or place open or available to the public, other than in a facility designed or provided for that purpose.
B. Violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of no more than two hundred and fifty dollars or by imprisonment in the city jail facility for not more than ten days or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 93-59 § 1, 1993: Ord. 3386 § 1, 1990).
So why don't they have the same penalty for dog poop when dog poop is actually more dangerous than human poop?
How many people need to get sick and die before something is being done to stop the dog poop violators?
We think it is time for municipalities to take the dog poop issue more seriously and start using DNA to track down the guilty dog owners.
Pets, just like humans should have designated areas where they can poop and those areas can be maintained and controlled for maximum safety.
Letting dogs indiscriminately poop wherever they want should be a thing of the past. Dog owners have no problem letting their dogs poop on other peoples lawn despite the inherent dangers now created for the residents of that property.
What will be done to solve the problem? What can be done when people wont take the dog poop issue seriously?
It is no laughing matter and controls and processes need to be put in place before we kill everyone on teh planet with dog poop borne diseases.
Help us and join the fight against dog poop. Use tools like the dog poop crime lab program to enforce clean ups and help make the parks and yards across America safer for everyone.