Today while on our normal exercise session with my dog “Doug” down at the Auditorium Shores section of Lady Bird Lake, i noticed several people still refusing to pick up after their dog. One lady in particular with a small black lab puppy sees her dog starting to take the obvious relentless sniffing that a dog does before he is about to poop. Right as our furry friend gets down in the pose she acts as if she is distracted by something, thinking that in the mess of dogs and owners running around no one will connect her with the dog. I sat and watched for another 10 mins or so in the area and then as she leashes up the dog to go home a bike cop rides up and ask her why she didn’t pick up after the dog. “Wow” are the only words i can. The officer was watching the entire time. She played dumb and said she didn’t see it, but that wasn’t flying with the officer. She was actually issued a ticket, as she left, ticket in hand she of course acted like she was wrongly convicted and was the victim.
I spoke to the officer i did explain that i own a dog waste service in the Austin area (Poop 911 – Austin) He said that the problem isn’t getting better it’s getting worse. Based on what he and city is seeing. The amount of dog waste left each day seems to just get worse. He said there are less police officers at the parks cause of the need for them on the streets or other areas of the lake.
So in essence more and more dog waste is piling up over time even with increasing legislation and fines up to $500. Something isn’t working… the amount of dog waste running into Lady Bird Lake with rain and natural erosion is amazing. I remember taking part in the Austin Triathlon 2 years ago, in which the swim portion takes place in the lake. It was nearly canceled due to the LCRAs testing of the water that morning and having such a high “fecal bacteria count” apparently they do regular testing to determine if it is safe for humans to be especially before races.
Here is the exact legal run down on the poop scoop law…
§ 3-4-6 DEFECATION BY A DOG OR CAT.
“An owner or handler shall promptly remove and sanitarily dispose of feces left on public or private property by a dog or cat being handled by the person, other than property owned by the owner or handler of the dog or cat.”
However disappointing it was to hear the officer’s side of the story… I was happy to see that someone ACTUALLY can get a ticket for this. Obviously for me it is an important topic, many people may read this and feel the same way. One thing they might not think about is that all of our yards where are dogs poop are connected to same environmental concerns. Dog waste left in your yard eventually seeps down to the watershed and into waterways. Ideally everyone would pick it up themselves but that isn’t the most fun chore so my company will be happy to come out and do it for you. We are inexpensive and reliable.
Lets “Scoop the Poop” Austin! Our backyard’s rain runoffs all eventually end up in our lakes and rivers, so make sure you either pick in your yards or hire a service to do it for you.one