PORTLAND – Portland is going through the irritating yet necessary steps to remind pet owners to clean up their dog’s poop at parks and schools.
If the mess isn’t incentive enough to clean up after your dog defecates, city officials also want to remind pet owners there is a $150 fine for those who dump and ditch.
Besides the fact that dog poop can be an all out affront to our senses, dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness and serious kidney disorders in humans, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Dog poop also can be home to a host of microbes like hookworms, tapeworms, heartworms and salmonella.
“Parks and schoolyards are used for many different kinds of play, from soccer to jogging to dodgeball to biking,” said Ali Ryan, who manages PP&R’s Dog Off-Leash Program. “The best ways dog owners can contribute to maintaining safe, healthy places for play are by keeping dogs on leash and removing pet waste.”
To report leash/scoop problems in parks, contact Portland Park Rangers at 503-823-1637. To report leash/scoop problems in schoolyards, contact Multnomah County Animal Services at 503-988-PETS (7387).