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Dog poo: nuisance and health hazard
BioPet Vet Lab has produced a product to catch those who refuse to scoop. PooPrints™ is a dog DNA identification program built on a solid scientific foundation, providing communities with a means to enforce community regulations for pet waste clean-up.
Dog waste is more than an aesthetic issue. In the United States alone, 73 million dogs generate approximately 6.3 billion pounds of waste annually. Approximately 40 per cent, or 2.5 billion pounds, is never picked up by owners. Indeed, dog feces is a bacterial breeding ground of a rouge’s gallery of diseases that are especially dangerous to children and others with weakened immune systems. Toxocara canis, a roundworm found in dog waste, is especially dangerous to children and in its most severe form can cause blindness.
Increasingly, researchers have noted the research on the environmental impact of dog waste, especially to our water supply. They're are tracking how unclaimed dog waste is eventually being washed from green spaces to storm drains, arriving untreated at the closest waterway. In the past decade, E. coli bacteria from dog droppings have caused a public park in Austin, Texas, to temporarily shut down, have closed the Boise River to swimming and fishing, and have been identified as a significant source of pollution in the Fairfax, Virginia, watershed.
In light of this, apartment and condominium community management, homeowners associations, and other communities struggle with providing a welcoming environment to pet owners and maintaining vigilance against the few irresponsible owners who turn shared community space into a biohazard site, endangering the health and safety of their neighbours.
Enforcement campaigns take many forms, but with little ability to catch the culprits in the act, property managers may find themselves struggling with how to develop a “pooper scooper” program that can identify repeat offenders. Debbie Logan at Twin Ponds Development in Nashua, New Hampshire, is one of these frustrated property managers.
“We recognized that a small percentage of our residents were not cleaning up after their pets. As an extremely popular community with pet lovers, a small percentage of violators could quickly ruin it for the responsible residents. After much research we found the ideal solution with BioPet’s PooPrints™ program.”
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