Pick Up After Your Dog!
For those of us who are dog owners, we accept that our best friends make a mess a couple of times a day. We don’t hold it against them, but we do need to pick it up for them.
Each dog produces about 3/4 pounds of waste per day. It doesn’t act as fertilizer, and those so-called biodegradable pet waste bags stick around for years. Not only is it smelly and gross to see or step in, dog poop also causes very real public and environmental health risks. As the feces break down with rain and snow melt, poop particles flow untreated into storm drains and streams, ending up in our waterbodies and rivers. One gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal bacteria, and spread giardia, salmonella, and parasites to other pets and humans as well.
Leaving bagged dog poop behind on the trail or sidewalk, stuffing it in a catchbasin, or throwing it in the nearby woods or wetland is not only irresponsible and rude but prohibited in South Hadley and punishable by fines up to $300.
Pick up after your dog, bring the waste home, and dispose in a trash receptacle.
Doo your duty and take the Pick up Poop (PUP) pledge today!
Check out the Town’s pet waste page here
Sign the pledge and and read more information here