It is the law in virtually all areas that dog owners must pick up after their dogs. Both litter control laws and or “pooper scooper” ordinances require this and most require fines to the dog owners for non-compliance. While that should be reason enough to clean up after dogs, the presence of dog waste that is not picked up is also a nuisance to other dogs and people that want to use these same dog-friendly areas. No one wants to see, smell or step in dog waste. Finally, and most importantly, dog waste is a serious pollutant and health hazard. It contains numerous pathogens which are dangerous to both humans and dogs who come in direct contact with it, and when not picked up, pollutes our water systems.