MDE urges pet owners to scoop the poop

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Scoopthepoopdoglogosm-02 copyThe Maryland Department of the Environment is urging Marylanders to pick up their dog poop "Every Stinkin' Time."

According to MDE, an estimated 1.3 million dogs live, play and poop in Maryland. Picking up after your dog's waste is important for your health, the health of your pet and Maryland's environment. The simple act of picking up after your dog by "scooping the poop" can assist in removing harmful nutrients and bacteria from local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay, keep our citizens healthy and our yards and shoes clean.

Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen and sometimes releases ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia can damage the health of fish and other aquatic life. Additionally, pet waste carries bacteria, viruses and parasites that can threaten the health of humans and wildlife. Since storm drains do not always connect to treatment facilities, untreated animal feces often ends up in rivers and streams, causing significant water pollution and in some cases restrictions on fishing and swimming in waterways and beaches.

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