Poop FairyLike the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, or the Yeti, the fabled poop fairy has been the stuff of legend.  Flying undetected in parks, neighborhoods, campgrounds, and schoolyards, she was said to follow close behind dogs and their owners- picking up what the dog left behind, before flying off to the next canine creation.  A widespread belief that she existed seemed to reassure some that cleaning up after one's dog was sort of... optional.  But we are here to tell you, sorry Virginia, there is no poop fairy.

On the Right Side of the Law

Scooping your pet's waste is not only neighborly and loving to your pet... it's the law.  City of Casper Ordinance 6.04.90 says:  "It shall be the responsibility of the owner of a dog, cat or other animal to keep his property free and clear of animal waste" and "the owner of every dog, cat, or other animal is responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by his/her animal on public walks, recreation areas, or private property other than that of the owner."
Simply put... you should scoop the poop every time and every where.

The Facts about dog poop

Dog Poop Doesn't Biodegrade Like wild Animal Poop
Because we feed our dogs food that's very different from the food wild animals eat, dog waste does not biodegrade quickly like wild animal waste.  And because of the sheer number of pets in neighborhoods and in local parks, this hardy dog waste accumulates.  The only way it disappears is when it gets picked up by dog owners.

Dog Poop Contains Harmful Bacteria, Parasites
Dog waste can contain harmful organisms like E. coli, giardia, salmonella, roundworms, hookworms, and cryptosporidium.  These can be passed on to you or your pet, and may cause health problems.

Dog Waste Pollutes Groundwater, Water Bodies
Bacteria in dog waste can harm water quality in creeks and rivers, and alter the ecosystems of these stream corridors.  Waste can be carried by storm drains into the North Platte River.