Dog poop ‘left everywhere’ in Mississauga: officials


Published July 5, 2024 at 2:15 pm

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The City of Mississauga has a message for dog owners: pick up the poop.

The problem of people not picking up after their four-legged friends appears to be getting worse, particularly in the summer, according to a press release from the City of Mississauga today (July 5).

“It’s being left everywhere,” the release states. “It might seem like a small thing, but when dog owners don’t pick up after their pets, it can become a cause for concern.”

Reports to the city’s 311 call centre have increased.

“As the weather gets warmer and more people are outdoors, 311 tends to get increased complaints from residents about people leaving dog excrement in public areas like parks, sidewalks, playgrounds, and sports fields,” said Nakia Phillips, a 311 representative.

“Many of the calls from residents about dog waste highlight the ongoing challenge we face in ensuring our neighbourhoods remain clean and safe for everyone.”

Dog waste, though seemingly insignificant, can harm our environment, the release states.

It releases methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas, and can contaminate water sources.

In Mississauga, those caught leaving dog waste behind could face a $115 fine. This applies to both public and private properties.

Mississauga officials encourage dog owners to use Sutera containers, which are specifically designed for dog waste disposal.

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The containers allow dog waste to be stored underground for up to four weeks. The containers have been installed across city parks, including the Animal Services facility.

Dog owners and walkers should always have waste bags.

“Always bring dog waste bags on your walks and ensure you’re disposing of your dog’s waste correctly, using designated containers, not someone’s yard, the ground, or public spaces,” said Jay Smith, manager of Mississauga Animal Services.

“Small efforts in maintaining our shared spaces clean and healthy can significantly improve everyone’s quality of life, whether they own dogs or not.”

For more information on fines see the city by-law here.

People can report dog waste left in public places to the city’s 311 call centre or via email at [email protected].

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