Pet waste continues to be an issue throughout our neighborhood.
Pet waste contains bacteria and parasites, as well as organic matter and nutrients, notably nitrogen and phosphorous. Flies and other pest insects can also increase when pet waste is disposed of improperly, becoming a nuisance and adding another vector for disease transmission
Some of the diseases that can be spread from pet waste are:
·Campylobacteriosis- a bacterial infection that causes diarrhea in humans.
·Salmonellosis- the most common bacterial infection transmitted to humans from animals. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea.
·Toxocarisis- roundworms transmitted from animals to humans. Symptoms include vision loss, rash, fever, or cough.
The presence of pet waste in storm-water runoff has a number of implications for urban stream water quality with perhaps the greatest impact from fecal bacteria. According to recent research, non-human waste represents a significant source of bacterial contamination in urban watersheds
Please pick up after your pet!
If you witness anyone violating this Montgomery County Animal Control Law, please contact the county's Animal Services Division at 240-773-5937
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