Friday, April 29, 2016

First P.U.P.P.Y event of the summer to be held this weekend at Auburn Bay off-leash area

We are hosting P.U.P.P.Y. (Pick Up Pooch's Poo Yourself) events throughout the spring and summer, beginning this Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. in Auburn Bay’s off-leash area.

P.U.P.P.Y. experts will share information about dog waste, proper disposal methods and The City’s Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw. Supplies will also be available for anyone wanting to pitch in and pick up.

With over 120,000 dogs in the city, the amount of pet waste in our parks and off-leash areas can quickly add up if owners aren’t picking up after their pets. Help keep our city pet-waste free. Always carry pet waste bags with you when walking your dog (or someone else’s) and pick up and properly dispose of your dog’s waste as soon as possible.

Events run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us at a P.U.P.P.Y. event near you:

April 30 - Auburn Bay off-leash Area, 55 Auburn Bay Dr. S.E.
May 14 - Taradale off-leash area, 64 Ave. & Tarington Rd. N.E.
June 4 - River Park
June 11 - Bowmont Park off-leash area, 5550 85 St. N.W.
June 18 - Nose Hill (Edgemont parking lot), Edgemont Blvd. and Shaganappi Tr. N.W.
July 23 - Edworthy Park off-leash area, 5539 Edworthy St. S.W.
July 30 - Nose Hill (Egdemont parking lot), Edgemont Blvd. and Shaganappi Tr. N.W.
August 6 - Sue Higgins Park
August 13 - Connaught Park off-leash area, 11 St. and 14 Ave. S.W.
August 20 - Braeside off-leash area, 14 St. & 110 Ave. S.W.
September 10 - Sandy Beach
September 17 - Bowmont Park off-leash area, 5550 85 St. N.W.
September 24 - Sue Higgins Park
October 15 - Dover off-leash area, 150 Gosling Way S.E.
October 22 - Auburn Bay off-leash area, 55 Auburn Bay Dr. S.E.

Just the facts - 5 things you should know

Pet waste left in our outdoor spaces isn’t just awful to look at, it’s dangerous. Here are five facts you may not know about doggy doo-doo:
  1. It’s crawling with E. coli and other harmful bacteria, like salmonella, that can cause serious illness in humans.
  2.  It often contains roundworm larvae which, if ingested by humans or pets, can lead to brain, eye and other organ damage.
  3. It’s never a good fertilizer. Its high-nutrient content is toxic to lawns and will create “hot spots” causing the grass to burn and discolour.
  4.  It attracts mice, coyotes and other wildlife into our parks and off-leash areas (they consider it a delicious snack).
  5. It doesn’t absorb into the soil, so the risk of spreading its harmful effects can linger for years.

The dangers aren’t just outdoors. When you consider all the ways dog waste can be transmitted into your home – shoes, pets, strollers, etc. – you realize how easily you and your loved ones could be affected.

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Submitted by Regan Wetsch, Parks

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