Dog Poop – Health & the Environment, Peoria, AZ – Arrowhead Pooper Scoopers

Quick Health Facts:
  •  The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) classified pet waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals.
  • Pet waste can spread parasites including hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms, salmonella, and roundworm.
  • Roundworm eggs can remain active in the soil long after dog feces has weathered away.
  • Children are most at risk. Roundworm can cause conditions such as stomach upsets, sore throats, asthma, and blindness.
    Dog feces is one of the leading sources of E. Coli contamination.
  • 1 gram of dog feces contains over 20 million E. Coli bacteria.
  • A compost heap will not become hot enough to kill the pathogens in dog feces.
  • Pathogens in dog feces can contaminate your vegetable garden.
  • It is widely accepted and advised that the best way to dispose of dog poop is to flush it.
Environmental Statistics:
  • The average dog produces 152 pounds of solid waste per year.
  • In a city of 100,000 people, dogs can generate 2 ½ tons of feces per day.
  • On the spot fines range from $100 in New York
  • There are 78.2 million dogs in the US today. (ASPCA)
  • The U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that pet waste can spread parasites including hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and salmonella.
  • Studies done in recent years put dog waste 3rd or 4th on the list of contributors to bacteria in contaminated waters. (Microbiologist from University of South Florida) USA Today
  • At Morro Bay, California, dogs contribute roughly 10% of the E. Coli, and that can be the difference between a beach closing and a beach not closing. (Microbiologist from California Polytechnic State University) USA Today
  • In Washington DC, officials estimate 12,000 dogs leave more than 5000 pounds of solid waste per day.