Dog owners are being reminded about the health, environmental and amenity impact of leaving their pet’s poop behind following a spike in complaints to the Shire of Dardanup from residents offended by the amount of dog poop in public places.
Shire CEO Mark Chester said dog poop was unsightly and unpleasant, particularly on footpaths and in parks.
And while failing to remove and dispose it in a public place was an offence under the Dardanup Local Law: Section 5.1 with a penalty of $60, it was difficult to police adequately.
“Ultimately we are reliant on dog owners to help us with keeping our streets, parks and paths clean for everyone to enjoy,” Mr Chester said.
“To assist, dog owners have access to the Shire installed collection bag dispensers which are provided throughout the Shire as a community service and should be used on an as-needed basis.”
According to Keep Australia Beautiful WA’s Dog Poo Fact Sheet (kabc.wa.gov.au), harmful bacteria and nutrients contained in dog poo can end up washing into natural waterways through the stormwater system.
And dog poo infected with a particular type of roundworm is a serious health issue for children and people with compromised immune systems.