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WHY Should Dog Feces be picked up on a regular basis?

  Because It Is
               THE LAW

Dog Information & Facts
Dog Information and Facts

...If you live in Ada County or a City, then there is LAW or ORDINANCE stating you must not let dog feces accumulate on your property? 

          YEP, IT'S TRUE


... It is against the Law to allow

your dog to poop on public or someone's private property without cleaning it up?                  YES, DEFINITELY TRUE

Just the FAQ's - Jail mug shot with Owner and Dog. Owner John did not scoop his yard and is in trouble with the Law.
Just the FAQ's - Ada County Idaho - Dog Poop Laws
Just the FAQ's - Boise Idaho - Dog Poop Laws
Just the FAQ's - Meridian Idaho - Dog Poop Laws

ADA County Code 5-7-14: (D)(5) – Animal Nuisance:   An excessive amount of animal feces is permitted to accumulate in such a manner as to present a health risk to a person or which is of such quantity as to generate odors off the premises of the animal owner.

A violation of this code is a Misdemeanor and is punishable by fine and/or jail.

Boise City Code: 5-1-13 (D)(5) General Animal Nuisance:   It is unlawful when an excessive amount of animal feces is permitted to accumulate in such a manner as to affect the health of a person or which is of such quantity as to generate odors off the premises of the animal.

 A Violation of this code is a Misdemeanor and is punishable by fine and/or jail.

Meridian City Code: 6-2-8 (S) – Prohibited Acts:

(S) Removal of dog feces. It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to promptly remove and dispose of, in a sanitary manner, any and all feces left by a dog owned or being handled by such person on property, public or private, other than the premises of the owner or handler of such dog.

A violation of this subsection is an Infraction and punishable by a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00).

Just the FAQ's - Kuna Idaho - Dog Poop Laws

 KUNA City Code: 10-3-16(5) - HABITUAL BARKING OR NOISE MAKING; NUISANCE: (5) An excessive amount of animal feces is permitted to accumulate in such a manner as to prevent a health risk to a person or which is of such quantity as to generate odors off the premises of the animal owner.  A violation of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor and shall be punished as provided for in section 1-4-1 of the Kuna City Code. 

10-3-3: CRUELTY  TO ANIMALS:  (A) Standard  of animal care: Owners shall provide their animals the minimum standard of care set forth in this section. 

(D)(3) Sanitary animal keeping: Owners shall keep their animals in a clean, sanitary and healthy manner and not confine them in a manner where they are forced to stand, sit or lie in their own excrement.

(J) A violation of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor and shall be punished as provided for in section 1-4-1 of the Kuna City Code

Just the FAQ's - Eagle Idaho - Dog Poop Laws

EAGLE City Ordinance: 4-5-2 (D):  NUISANCE:

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons keeping, harboring,caring for, possessing, controlling, or having any custodial duties over any animal to fail to exercise proper care and control of such animal to prevent it from becoming a public nuisance. Such person or persons shall be guilty of allowing such animal to become a public nuisance when the animal:     

D.   Discharges feces upon public property or private property without the consent of the owner of such property unless the material is immediately removed; orF.   A violation of this section shall be a misdemeanor as set forth in section 1-4-1 of this code. (Ord. 743, 11-17-2015)


ALL of the Bacteria, Worms and Parasites on this PAGE are spread thru DOG FECES ... EXCEPT 

Tapeworms & Heartworms.

To PROTECT your pets and People, it is important to keep your yard POOP SCOOPED.


Dog Feces contains Coliform Bacteria.  This Bacteria often contains the E-Coli Bacteria that causes Gastrointestinal disorders in Humans.  Dog feces also contains strains of Salmonella and Giardia.

Some strains of E-Coli are beneficial to dogs, aiding in digestion, but other strains are known to cause Hemolytic-uremic Syndrome in Humans. 

Parvo is also spread through dog feces.

Bacteria & Parasites in contaminated water can affect your dog.
Yucky stuff in dog poop

Coliform Bacteria are a collection of relatively harmless microorganisms that live in the intestines of humans, all warm-blooded animals,  as well as cold-blooded animals. They aid in the digestion of food. 

A specific subgroup of this collection is the Fecal Coliform Bacteria, the most common being Escherichia coli (E-Coli).  A significant amount of fecal coliform is released in the wastes produced by animals. In populated areas, Fecal Coliform can enter surface water from the feces of dogs, cats, raccoons, and humans when it washes into storm drains, creeks, and lakes during storms. 

Fecal coliform by themselves are usually not pathogenic; however, their presence indicates the presence  of other Pathogenic Bacteria.  Some waterborne pathogenic diseases include Typhoid Fever, Gastroenteritis (viral and bacterial) , and Hepatitis A.


Leaving feces to degrade over time is NOT a good idea because it takes a long time to break down and it washes into our water systems.

Ecoli in Dogs


POOP smells!   An accumulation of DOG POOP not only gives your property a bad odor but the odor also drifts into your neighbor's yard.  What way to ruin a beautiful sunny day picnic than the odor of dog poop.  Ewww. is really CRAPPY if you step in it!

Steeping on dog poop is Yucky
Just the FAQ's - Dog Poop
Just the FAQ's - Clean up after your pets.


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Salmonella in Dogs

Salmonellosis is an infection with a bacteria called Salmonella.  Salmonella live in the intestinal tracts of animals, including birds. Salmonella are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces.

Giardia in Dogs - Very serious and hard to get rid of.

GIARDIASIS is the disease caused by Giardia infection. It is an intestinal condition that is spread through feces of infected dogsGiardia cysts are resistant to hot and cold temperatures and can live in the soil for a long time.  Dogs usually become infected after drinking contaminated water that contain the Giardia cysts.  To prevent spreading Giardia (and other parasites), pick up the feces left by your dog immediately and place it in the trash. ALSO removing the feces dirt and disposing it to get rid of Giardia Cysts.  !! Be sure to avoid contact with the feces by using gloves, a bag over your hand, or a scooping device.

** It can also spread to Humans through contaminated dog waste. 

HEARTWORMS are roundworms and are spread by Mosquitoes.  They are NOT in feces.  Cats can also get them.  

Heartworms live in the heart, lungs, and arteries and can be very serious and sometimes fatal.  It is considered the silent killer because there are few symptoms.

Humans CANNOT get Heartworms from animals.  It are only transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. In rare cases, Humans can get Heartworms after being bitten by an infected mosquito. But Humans are not a natural host for Heartworms, the larvae usually migrate to the arteries of the heart and lungs and die before they become adult worms.

Heartworms in Dogs
Just the FAQ's - Heartworm Cycle in Dogs


Roundworms in Dogs

ROUNDWORMS  are the most common of the parasitic worms found inside a dog. Almost all dogs become infected with them at some time in their lives. It can even be passed to puppies before birth or in mother's milk.  

* Humans - especially children and pregnant

   women - can get Roundworms from contact

   with dog feces or contaminated soil.

Whipworms in dogs.

WHIPWORMS is an intestinal parasites. Whipworms are one of the four most common intestinal parasites of dogs.  Dogs get whipworms from soil or other substances containing dog feces. Some intestinal worms, like hookworms and whipworms, are so small that you won't see any worms in your dog's stool at all.   Whipworm infections can be prevented by removing your dog’s feces regularly from your yard.

Hookworms in Dogs

HOOKWORMSSimilar to Tapeworms and Roundworms, Hookworms are intestinal parasites that live in the digestive system of your dog (or cat). The hookworm attaches to the lining of the intestinal wall and feeds on your dog’s blood. They are a serious threat to dogs,  especially puppies, and can cause blood loss, weight loss, diarrhea or death.  Its eggs are ejected into the digestive tract and pass into the environment through your dog’s feces.  Animals ingest dirt or during their routine licking (cleaning).

Some Hookworms in dogs can infect humans by penetrating the skin. This is most likely to occur when walking barefoot on the beach, working in the garden or other areas where pets may deposit feces.



Tapeworms in Dogs.

TAPEWORMS do not produce obvious symptoms in dogs, other than worm segments on your dog's rear end or feces (looks like grain of rice).  Tapeworms are long, flat worms that attach themselves to your dog’s (or cat's) intestines.  A Tapeworm body consists of multiple parts, or segments, each with its own reproductive organs.

 There are several different kinds, or species, of tapeworms that can infect your dog.  Dipylidium caninum is a tapeworm that uses fleas.  Taenia and Echinococcus species use small rodents (mice, rats, squirrels), rabbits, or large animals (such as deer or sheep) as their intermediate hosts.

Flea control is an important step in protecting your dog from Tapeworms.

* Humans rarely are affected by dog tapeworms.

PARVO in Dogs - Almost always fatal

PARVO (Canine Parvovirus) is an EXTREMELY contagious virus and is spread through the feces of infected animals (dogs, wolves & fox).  The Parvo Virus can live in infected soil for a year and is not affected by extreme temperatures.


The virus is spread when dogs lick their paws (common cleaning) after coming in contact with infected dirt or feces.  Parvo primarily affects the gastrointestinal tract but can damage the heart in puppies. 

Death can occur within 72 hours of infection.  It is very hard to treat and puppies usually do not survive.  

* Humans CAN get Parvovirus from dogs but it is usually mild. 

HOWEVER, Humans can give the Parvovirus to DOGS.  It is so contagious that a Human can spread it by simply petting a infected contagious dog and then handling an unvaccinated dog.

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