Anicinabe Park has been dealing with the littering of large quantities of dog droppings enclosed in bags in and around the park.
Co-Park Operator, Susan Evenden says the dog waste does have some health risks to it.
“Fecal matter is a biohazard whether it’s human or dog or any other animal and when it is around it puts us all at risk,” said Evenden. “Imagine a 17-year-old girl pulling a bag out of the garbage can and it’s loaded with poo bags.”
Evenden says in her time with park she has seen people drive onto the site to dispose of their dog waste in the parks garbage cans.
In the City of Kenora By-law it states that the owner of a dog shall remove and dispose of any excrement left by the dog on any property other than the owner's property.
Dog owners could be subject to a $100.00 fine by the city for failing to clean up after their dog.
She noted that she thinks the reasoning behind the littering is due to the convenience factor of the parks garbage can.
“Nobody wants to carry around a little bag of warm poo around with them They don’t want to take it home and put it in their garbage and deal with their mess. I’d say it’s the unpleasantness of the fecal matter.”
She concluded that littering of dog has been ongoing for the past 10 years and usually happens in the winter and spring months.
The dog waste bags in today’s day and age are biodegradable to create less harm to the landfills and are used to prevent the transmission of diseases found in dog waste.
The Canadian Public Health Agency says that dog waste carries harmful parasites and bacteria that can cause intestinal diseases and even blindness.