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Scoop that poop: It’s beyond common courtesy

Purposely dumping dog waste could land you a $115 fine.

Environment | July 5, 2024

There’s a problem in our community that’s been getting a lot of people talking: dog waste. It’s being left everywhere. It might seem like a small thing, but when dog owners don’t pick up after their pets, it can become a cause for concern.

According to the City’s 311 Call Centre, this issue is far from minor. “As the weather gets warmer and more people are outdoors, 311 tends to get increased complaints from residents about people leaving dog excrement in public areas like parks, sidewalks, playgrounds, and sports fields,” said Nakia Phillips, a 311 representative. “Many of the calls from residents about dog waste highlight the ongoing challenge we face in ensuring our neighbourhoods remain clean and safe for everyone.”

Leaving dog waste behind not only disrupts the beauty and sanitary conditions of our shared spaces, such as parks, trails, and green spaces, but it poses a greater risk than many realize.

Dog waste fines

Dog waste, though seemingly insignificant, can harm our environment. It releases methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas, and can contaminate water sources. The City has taken a stance against this issue, imposing a $115 fine for those caught leaving their dog’s waste behind. This by-law applies to both public and private properties, underlining the importance of responsible pet ownership.

Health risks

The effectiveness of enforcement largely depends on the community’s willingness to cooperate and hold each other accountable. In instances where there is a complaint regarding dog waste, the City’s Enforcement team tends to focus on educating the public as its main strategy, along with the $115 fine.

For example, Animal Services staff may visit the home of the reported individual to discuss the importance of picking up after their pets. Dog waste, particularly during warmer seasons, poses health hazards, such as a higher likelihood of spreading diseases, in addition to unpleasant odours.

Dog waste containers

To make responsible pet ownership easier, the City encourages the use of Sutera containers, specifically designed for dog waste disposal. The containers allow dog waste to be stored underground for up to four weeks. Storing the waste underground and out of direct sunlight ensures the waste can be collected only when the container is full. Several in-ground dog waste containers have been installed across City parks, including the Animal Services facility.

“As a dog owner or walker, it’s crucial to always clean up after your pet,” said Jay Smith, Manager of Mississauga Animal Services. “Always bring dog waste bags on your walks and ensure you’re disposing of your dog’s waste correctly, using designated containers, not someone’s yard, the ground, or public spaces. Small efforts in maintaining our shared spaces clean and healthy can significantly improve everyone’s quality of life, whether they own dogs or not.”

Report a concern

Residents are urged to report dog waste left in public places to the City’s 311 call centre or via email at By working together and emphasizing the importance of this simple act of courtesy, we can ensure our community remains a clean, safe, and enjoyable place for everyone, including our four-legged friends.

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