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Animal Care & Control

Adopt a Pet – It's Simple

Did Your Dog Leave Something Behind?

istswhhdv2ox16y19kerDid you know that pet waste can be more than just gross to look at? Animal waste left in public areas and in neighborhood yards is a familiar complaint to our department. As much as neighbors might enjoy seeing your dog, they do not enjoy seeing what he leaves behind.

According to US Environmental Protection Agency researcher Hyatt C. Green. In a recent issue of the journal Environmental Science and Technology, Green and colleagues examine the public health risks associated with what might be called the poo problem.

Here's the issue, according to Green. "Canine fecal waste," he writes, "may represent one of the largest unregulated sources of aquatic fecal contaminants with zoonotic potential in areas impacted by urban runoff." Let's unpack that. There are nearly 70 million domestic dogs in the United States. Nearly two in five human diseases can also infect domestic pets, which means that dogs can act as reservoirs for nasty bugs like E. coli, Campylobacter bacteria, and the parasite Giardia duodenalis. And it's mainly on the honor system that owners pick up after their dogs.

And those infections can travel in both directions – from human to dog, from dog to human.

As a reminder, sanitation law requires citizens to remove animal waste immediately from public lands and from the property of another. Citizens must also maintain their own animal areas in a sanitary manner regularly and as often as necessary to prevent odor, or health and sanitation problems.

When sharing common areas, be considerate of where you take your dog to eliminate. Although it is not a legal requirement to remove animal urine, allowing a dog to eliminate in public areas where children play is unsanitary. If you encounter an ongoing problem concerning animal sanitation, report the concern by calling us at 427-1244 or email to: office.help@cityoffortwayne.org. If possible, a timely photograph has been known to result in a minimum of $100 fine to the animal's owner.


The Scoop: Small Animal Care

October 2014 edition. Topic this month: Small Animal Care - Jodi Hamilton, Community Relations Education Specialist interview with
Animal Care & Control Officer, Jessica Hill


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3020 Hillegas Road
Fort Wayne IN 46808
After 8 p.m. and on weekends and holidays, call 449-3000 for assistance.
Fax: 260-427-5514

Closed Mondays FOR ADOPTIONS
To submit a pet adoption profile, you must do so 30-minutes before closing to allow sufficient time for processing.

Adoptions are Open: Tueday, Thursday, Friday 12:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.
1st & 3rd Sat 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Adoption Office: 260-427-5502

Business Office Hours:

11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday

Officer Assistance

6:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Mon-Sun
1:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. Emergencies