The City of Ottawa recently added signs to existing pet waste stations in parks around town along with new pet waste stations on Prairie Spirit Trail. What is a pet waste station? A pet waste station provides users bags to pick pet waste and a trash can to dispose of the bagged and sealed pet waste. Pet waste not picked up is a human and animal health issue because the waste can spread diseases between pets and people such as parasites, giardia, coccidia. It can also spread bacteria that can make people sick like Salmonella and E. coli. Pet waste left on the ground also hinders other users of public areas because it makes those areas less appealing for people trying to enjoy them.
Pet waste also becomes a water quality issue if not disposed of proper