And there isn’t a time when we haven’t seen abandoned dog poop along the road or the trail.
Yes, every time.
I don’t understand how people can just leave their dog poop. It’s not like they didn’t notice it. So why leave it there? Honestly, what’s so hard about picking it up and throwing it away?
This isn’t a problem specific to Honolulu. Cities around the world are dealing with irresponsible pet owners. They’re passing laws, issuing fines and posting signs.
In Hawaii, it’s against the law to ditch your dog poop. According to the Hawaiian Humane Society, the city ordinance against littering includes a provision that applies to animals. It states that if a pet deposits feces on private or public property, owners are required to clean it up. You can call the Honolulu Police Department and report it.
Aside from the law, there’s a health reason to pick up your dog poop. It has been estimated that a single gram of dog feces can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness and serious kidney disorders in humans. Two or three days worth of poop from a population of about 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria to temporary close a bay to swimming, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Meaning, it’s not fertilizer.
I get it. I pick up my dog’s poop. I obey the law.
But how do we convince other pet owners to do the same? Unless you catch them in the act of ditching the poop, there’s not much we can do. And that’s the frustrating part.
So we’ll continue to pick up ours and stray poop we see on our daily walks and weekly hikes. But irresponsible dog owners, you’ve been warned. If we catch you, you’ll be up poop creek.