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Scooped poop in Colorado Springs parks could earn you $50

Photo: Lisa Parker / CC BY-SA 2.0
Lisa Parker
Photo: Lisa Parker / CC BY-SA 2.0

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- How does getting $50 for a bag of dog poop sound to you?

That's a reward being offered for people who help pick up the poop at several local parks here in Colorado Springs this Saturday. From 9 a.m. to noon, the Trails and Open Space Coalition is hosting a dog waste clean-up challenge, and trail users who return a bag of dog waste to TOSC staff will be entered to win one of 40 gift certificates worth $50 to a local business.

The challenge is taking place at Stratton Open Space, Ute Valley, Bear Creek, Blodgett Open Space, Red Rock Canyon, and Yucca Flats at Palmer Park. TOSC staff and volunteers will be at trailheads providing park users with a TOSC dog waste bag.

According to the TOSC, there are 23 million coliform bacteria in a single gram of pet waste, which can make animals and humans sick. TOSC says one of the worst reported problems on trails in the area is the presence of dog waste.

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    1. I like that idea if they would do it. Ive been biking on trails and come across homeless camps with mountains of trash literally inches from a provided dumpster. Its just sickening..

  1. shame on those who don’t clean up their dog waste.
    It’s part of responsible pet ownership.
    Keep it up and dogs will get banned from these places.

  2. Agreed, I’m so tired of cleaning dog crap off my son’s shoes after playing at the park at Rockrimmon Elementary. The park is not your toilet!

  3. This is ridiculous. Dogs are dangerous dirty animals and dog owners are dirty irresponsible people, ban dogs from the city.

    1. ColoFornia…I’m sure you have heard the saying “there are no bad dogs…just bad owners”. So…why don’t we ban “bad owners”?

      1. Lol, people have rights even irresponsible dog owners, dogs do not they are considered property.
        Some stricter penalties for irresponsible dog owners would be a good start. I have a friend whose family cannot even enjoy their backyard because of their neighbors dog constant barking at them and you cannot reason with these people they think everybody is supposed to love their dogs which is a very self-centered attitude many dog owners have.

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