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Pick it up! Pasco adopts pet waste disposal ordinance

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The Pasco Board of County Commissioners (BCC) passed a new law to improve water quality and raise awareness in our community about the connection between pet waste and keeping our waterways safe and clean. The BCC adopted the new Proper Disposal of Pet Waste law September 20, requiring Pasco pet owners to pick up and properly dispose of their pet’s waste. Violations can result in a $150 fine; however, the initial focus is on education.

“It’s important for everyone to pick up after their pets and help spread the word,” says BCC Chair Kathryn Starkey. “This law will keep our water sources cleaner – protecting public health and safety in the process.”

The ordinance is designed to keep pet waste from contaminating Pasco County’s stormwater management systems and making its way to the lakes and river systems in the county. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has identified specific bodies of water in Pasco that are “impaired” due to bacteria and nutrients. Pet waste contains nutrients that contribute to algae growth in stormwater and natural water bodies.

Details of the new ordinance include:

  • Pet owners must immediately collect and dispose of their pet’s waste
  • Applies to pet waste on any public or private property not owned by the pet owner
  • Law does not apply to people who own pets for disability assistance
  • Law does not apply to agricultural activity
  • In effect in all unincorporated areas of Pasco County

Visit this link to read Pasco County’s Proper Disposal of Pet Waste law: