Pet Peeves: Not cleaning up after your dog

Winnipeg's Responsible Pet Ownership bylaw requires owners to pick up after their dog

Poop is an inevitable part of having a pooch and the City’s Animal Services Agency is reminding owners to pick up after their dogs.

“Not only does leaving dog poop in a green space degrade that green space but can actually spread disease to other animals so it is critical we work as a team to clean up that dog poop in our community,” said Leland Gordon, Animal Services’ Chief Operating Officer.

The Responsible Pet Ownership By-law requires the owner to pick up after their dog or potentially face a fine.

The last thing we want to do is fine someone for not cleaning up after dog poop.

Before going for a walk, Gordon suggests letting your dog out to the backyard if that is an option for you. This allows the dog to do its business in a controlled environment where it could be easier to clean up.

He also recommends attaching compostable or biodegradable bags to your dog’s leash or put a few in your pocket so you are prepared during the walk. The used bags should be placed in the garbage.

Residents who have concerns should contact 311.

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