It’s a health risk to pets and people, especially children. It’s a nuisance in our neighborhoods. Pet waste is full of bacteria that can make people sick. If it’s washed into the storm drain and ends up in a lake, stream, or marine water, the bacteria ends up in shellfish. People who eat those shellfish can get very sick.
The waste produced by cats and dogs in the Boston area Charles River Watershed, adds up to nearly 3 tons per day! Unless people take care of it, the waste enters our water with no treatment.