Over the past several decades, the canine population in North America has doubled to over 78 million pets.
Perhaps the greatest impact occurs when the droppings wash into lakes, rivers, and streams, bringing a host of bacteria with them.
The EPA lists pet waste management at the top of their best management practices for Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations, and that there have been several reports recently of lakes and rivers closing from ground seepage. Since each dog dropping carries approximately 3 billion fecal coliform bacteria such as Salmonella and E.coli, exposure to these microbes causes fish kills and can also transfer from dog-to-dog, and dog-to-human. Stepping in it is bad enough. Aside from simply being an unsightly problem, unscooped dog waste is doing a surprising amount of damage to our environment.
The EPA Now Ranks Dog Waste As a Pollution Problem in the Same Health Category As Toxic Chemicals and Oil Entering the Water Supply.
On top of accidently stepping in that stinky pile, here are some other problems you probably didn’t know you are helping to solve when you implement the PooPrints program!
According to CNN a medium-sized dog has twice the impact on the Earth than driving a luxury SUV 10,000 miles! And that’s only one dog!
A question we get asked all the time is, “Why blame all this on our four legged family members, while there are so many other wild animals out there whose waste goes un-scooped?” The answer even shocked us a little bit. Of the sources of bacteria found in contaminated water that can be matched, up to 20% are matched directly to dogs.
Dogs are built to eat almost anything, and they have a large number of diverse intestinal bacteria to deal with that wide variety of food. Combine that with the sheer numbers of dogs we have crammed into our metro cities and the problem becomes significant.
Sure, there are wild animals all around us and they have always been here. Take a look at the chart below to compare other wild animals to our domesticated dogs...The numbers are quite shocking!
Records show that up to 40% of dog owners do not pick up the droppings and don't worry about getting caught, creating an increasingly negative impact on our water and air quality.