Pick Up The Poop – It’s the Law!

IMG_20151025_174033Each year when the weather gets warmer, neighbors hit the sidewalks more and more with their furry family members taking walks and enjoying the sunny days.  However, we also see an increase in pet waste in our yards and near our sidewalks as a result of owners not picking up after their pets.  It’s a nasty job, but leaving it on the lawn is not only a nuisance – it is against the law.

City of Plano Code of Ordinances, Chapter 4, Animal Regulations, Section 4-51 Nuisances requires the removal of your pet’s waste.  The ordinance specifically states, “(b) A person commits an offense if the person is the owner of an animal and the person fails to immediately remove and dispose of any excreta the animal produces.  (c) A person commits an offense if the person is the owner of an animal and fails to visibly have in his possession materials that can be used to immediately remove and dispose of any excreta the animal produces.”  You can read the entire ordinance here.

According to “Dogs Are Good Citizens Too” published by the City of Plano, “In addition, dog waste contains bacteria and can harbor diseases.  A single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria. Pet waste that’s not picked up washes into the storm drain, which feeds straight into the nearest creek.  These waterways flow to water sources like Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Lavon and Lake Lewisville.”  You can read the entire document here.

wastestationThe Ridgeview Ranch HOA has tried to help pet owners have greater opportunity to clean up after their pet by installing pet waste stations near both neighborhood playgrounds.  So, as you enjoy the warm summer days with your pet, please remember to bring something to collect your pets waste with you on your outing, or stop by the playground areas to get one and go back to clean it up.  Your pet can’t help themselves, but you can!