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Dog Owners Reminded to Pick Up After Their Pets

City of Russell LogoWith spring officially starting and temperatures warming, the City of Russell Animal Control would like to remind owners of pets to remove and dispose of all feces deposited by their pets appropriately whether on private or public property.

This includes areas at the parks where children play and walking paths. If you are a dog owner, please be respectful of public areas.

In case you are not aware, Russell city ordinance requires that pet owners pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their waste. Pet waste carries diseases and worms that can be transmitted to humans from secondary touch, i.e. playing in the grass where infected waste has been deposited, gardening, playing sports or walking around the yard barefoot. Fleas, ticks and flies lay their eggs in the feces, creating more fleas, ticks and flies, not only around the home but in the neighborhood as well. Furthermore, animal fecal matter serves as a food source for rats and will encourage a rat infestation if it accumulates.

All dog owners are urged to abide by the ordinance so the unsightly and unhealthy appearance of dog waste on the grounds can be eliminated. Please be reminded that pet owners who fail to abide by the city ordinance could be fined for failing to pick up after their pets and properly disposing of their waste. Proper collection of the waste is in a paper or plastic bag or other container then placed in a trash container.

All pet owners are asked to take pride in the community by adhering to the city ordinance regarding disposal of pet waste. If all pet owners within the community practice proper pet waste disposal as mentioned above, the eyesore and health hazard created by pet waste within the community can be eliminated.

(Information courtesy City of Russell.)

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