Local dog owners are urged to pick up after pets for environmental reasons

Nov 24, 2014

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A campaign targeted at dog owners kicked off Monday in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties. The goal is to encourage people to pick up after their pets every time they relieve themselves on a trail, sidewalk or within a park.

David LaCaro is leading the effort for the City of Paso Robles where they marked abandoned dog waste with checkered flags Monday. He says part of this effort is to study the actions of pet owners.

"We're kind of looking at and researching under what barriers do we have, are they social as in 'oh gross, I'm not going to touch anything that comes from my dog' or 'gosh there were no mutt mitts available on that trail so I'm just going to go ahead and leave it,'" said LaCaro.

LaCaro says the goal of the SLO Scoops Poop campaign is to keep the pet waste from contaminating local streams which in many cases lead to area beaches and water supplies.