Scooping the poop

Here's why you should properly pick up your pet's waste:

  • Animal waste can contain harmful organisms that can be transmitted to other animals and to humans.
  • Being a good citizen is looking out for your neighbors so they don't have to worry about stepping in pet waste and spreading it into their homes, vehicles and businesses.
  • It's easy to carry a plastic bag with you when you walk your pet. Dispose of waste in the trash.
  • It's the law! State code says: "It shall be unlawful for any person owning, keeping, or having custody or control of a dog to fail to remove immediately the dog's excrement …" To neglect doing this is a Class 4 Misdemeanor.
  • Picking up waste keeps our environment beautiful and clean.
  • Viruses and worms shed in dog feces can remain active in the feces for long periods of time and can likely be transmitted to other animals in contact with the feces.
  • Waste left on the ground is carried into area waterways and adversely affects underwater life.

Facts About Diseases

Diseases that can be spread from pet waste left on the ground include:

  • Campylobacteriosis, which can cause diarrhea in humans.
  • Salmonellosis, which is the most common bacterial infection transmitted to humans from animals.
  • Toxocarisis, or roundworms that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

Do Your Part

Hampton Animal Control asks that you do your part and help keep Hampton clean and our precious earth beautiful. To report a problem, complaint, or to speak to an animal control officer, please call 757-727-6111.