KELOWNA — The City of Kelowna is reminding dog owners to be responsible and pick up after their pets.
The city has installed new signs in a few of its park to remind people that “if they poop, you must scoop.”
“While most owners are responsible and pick up after their pets, it only takes a handful to cause a problem,” says Ian Wilson, Park Services Manager. “The average dog produces 124 kilograms of waste per year and that can quickly add up in our parks and public spaces.”
Wilson says it’s a common myth that dog waste is biodegradable.
He says dog waste contains bacterial, nitrogen and salts that don’t dissolve and can be harmful, and it takes up to a year before it is fully decomposed.
Not only is it potentially bad for the environment, but it will also cost dog owners.
People who are caught not picking up after their dog, will be slapped with a $150 fine.