Mar. 4, 2014
City law requires that Fort Collins’ roughly 27,000 dog owners immediately pick up after their dogs if they leave waste on public property, or on someone else’s property. The law also requires people to remove pet waste from their own property before it becomes a public nuisance.
Authorities say pet waste poses a health hazard for the 3 million people who use city parks each year, and pollutes ponds and streams. Best estimates say city workers removed more than 196 tons of dog poop from parks around Fort Collins last year, based on the number of doggie bags thrown away.
“And that’s the stuff we know about,” says city park ranger Bud Bredehoft.