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Dog waste is raw sewage, NOT fertilizer. Harmful organisms from dog poop transmit readily to children and adults and can survive for months on the ground. Just one week of accumulated dog poop can host 700 BILLION bacteria. Mowing just spreads the contamination everywhere. Get the facts in this video (at right) demonstration and sign up for a FREE WEEK.

WATCH VIDEO: Is your yard incubating toxic waste?

With more than 1.2 million dogs in North Texas, that’s a Dallas-sized city’s worth of raw sewage sitting in our backyards. Landfills are designed to safely handle substances such as dog waste and dirty diapers. Yards are not.

Stormwaters carry bacteria from dog poop into streams and lakes via storm drains.Recent studies have shown that pet waste is a significant contributor to bacterial contamination in area waterways after a storm. Storm water carries pet waste and other pollutants directly into area streams, rivers and bays. And unlike modern sewer systems, storm water does not receive any treatment prior to discharging into our waterways. Storm drains are designed to carry storm water only, but ultimately, they carry whatever we leave on the land.

Case Study: Lynnhaven River

A case in point is the polluted Lynnhaven River in Virginia. Some of its waters had been closed to oyster and clam harvesting since the 1930s. Using techniques that were not available in past generations such as DNA testing, scientists found up to one fourth of the fecal coliform in the polluted river was from pet waste. A campaign was launched to raise awareness on the importance of cleaning up after dogs particularly BEFORE rain or watering washes it into storm drains. Result: in February 2008 the state health department found the river clean enough to reopen 1,450 acres to oyster and clam harvesting.

In addition, Virginia’s poop-scooping campaign to educate dog owners on the importance of weekly lawn clean up lowered the population of flies and other pest insects that constitute another vector for disease transmission.


Pet waste degrades water quality, by contributing excess nutrients, leading to cloudy, green water from accelerated algae and weed growth, objectionable odors, and the death of fish.

Reasons to Scoop

  • Storm water carries pet waste and other pollutants directly into waterways.
  • Animal waste adds nitrogen to the water. Excess nitrogen depletes the oxygen in the water that is necessary for underwater life.
  • Animal waste contains harmful organisms such as that can be transmitted to other animals and humans.
  • Roundworms and hookworms deposited by infected animals can live in the soil for long periods of time and can be transmitted to other animals.
  • No one likes to step in pet waste and spread it into their home, car or business.

Let Sgt Poopers® clean up dog waste in your yard BEFORE it rains, to prevent run-off into storm drains. Your home may be miles from the Trinity, but the river starts in your own backyard.

DNA Fingerprinting

fingerprintFor the first time in history, the environmental impact of dog waste has been fully identified thanks to the new technique of DNA fingerprinting. Scientists are now able to utilize this process to match waterborne bacteria to specific animal sources, including humans and pets. Due to the high popularity of keeping dogs as pets in urban areas, this forensic process uncovered dog waste as a significant contributor of harmful bacteria in our waterways. In some areas of the country, it is the fourth leading cause of water pollution.

Reasons to Scoop

  • Dog waste is NOT fertilizer. 
  • Dog waste is 100% toxic and has zero commercial value.
  • Dog waste contains 20 million germs per gram (1 gram = 1 kernel of corn).
  • Mowing dog waste contaminates your entire yard with trillions of live bacteria.
  • Parasites, germs, bacteria, pathogens & viruses in dog waste are harmful to humans.
  • Fecal bacteria stick to the bottoms of shoes and transfer readily to clean floors.
  • Fecal organisms can infect children, adults and other animals.
  • Roundworms and hookworms deposited by infected animals can live in the soil for long periods of time and can be transmitted to humans.
  • Storm water carries pet waste and bacteria directly into waterways.
  • Animal waste depletes the oxygen in the water and kills fish.
  • DFW's 1.2 million dogs deposit 900,000 lbs of toxic waste on the ground each day.

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