Dog waste can be a health risk and stomach-churning sight.
 
Fort Saskatchewan Municipal Enforcement is reminding pet owners to be polite and pick up their dog.
 
"You would hope dog owners are responsible and the vast majority that I see are," said director of municipal enforcement, Brad Ward. "They'll carry with them, the disposal bags so that they can pick up after their dog and dispose it at one of the numerous bins around the city."
 
If someone hasn't picked up, get a description of the owner and the dog and phone the municipal enforcement complaint line.
 
The other option is to offer the pet owner a few bags for their walk, but Ward added that homeowners should only do that if they're comfortable.
 
Pet poop can be unsafe for humans. paro virus, trichinosis, whipworms, hookworns, roundworms, giardia and coccidia are just some of the illnesses that humans can contract from dog dung. Pets can also get sick from their own feces by rolling in it, pawing it and even sometimes eating it, scientifically called coprophagy.
 
According to bylaw C7-17, pets can be rebels too. If they "do their business" on someone's yard and their human doesn't pick it up, it could lead to a $150 fine for the first offence.
 
Subsequent offences would lead to a $300 fine, each time.

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