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Posted on: August 17, 2016

[ARCHIVED] One Gram of Dog Poop Contains Millions of E.coli. Bacteria; Please Pick Up After Your Pet

Dog poop doesn't just look bad and smell bad. It isn't just an unsightly shoe maintenance issue. It's a real health hazard. Please pick up after your pet to prevent the spread of diseases like Roundworm and Cryptosporidium...

As unpleasant a job as it might seem, responsible pet ownership demands that we pick up after our dogs. Dog poop contains harmful bacteria, viruses, and phosphorus that make it to local lakes and ponds if left outside. Rains produce runoff that carries pollution left on the ground (like dog poop) to local waterbodies through the stormwater system. Studies show that some viruses found in dog poop become more infectious after sitting outside for a number of days. So remember, promptly pick up after your dog. You are an important part of keeping Apple Valley a clean and safe place to be.

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