Pick Up After Your Pooch

RENO, NV - Washoe County is cracking down on bad dog owners who don't do their duty by picking up after their pooches. It's a serious problem and they say not cleaning up after your dog creates a health hazard for you and your pet. Bob Harmon, a spokesman for Washoe County Parks says young children who play on the ground are most likely to encounter the waste. It also presents an environmental threat to turf and waterways.

Harmon says most people wouldn't believe how many dog owners fail to pick up after their pets. To illustrate how much poop is left behind he and other volunteers placed orange flags everywhere they found a pile of excrement along the trail in Anderson Park. In all there are more than 200 flags around this park alone. “It is absolutely getting worse,” says Harmon “and that's why were talking about it now because we don't want it to continue down the road it's going.”

As the weather heats up and more people head outside with their pets, park personnel are appealing to dog owners to do the right thing. In fact, it’s the law to pick up after your dog and to carry plastic bags or a pooper scooper to do the job. If you get caught unprepared, you could face a fine from $100 to $400. Repeat offenders can even find themselves with a misdemeanor criminal citation. Animal control tells us they will be doing enforcement patrols at local parks beginning next week.

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