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  National Scoop the Poop Week!
When is National Scoop the Poop Week?  Always  April!
Note: Ok- your gonna' have ta do some research on this one- We found refrence to 2 different weeks that claim the title of "scoop the poop" and here they are: It's said that April Fool’s Day kicks off National Scoop the Poop Week and if that's so then "scoop the poop week is the first week in April. This week is also called International Pooper Scooper Week, where "Scoop the poop week" is also listed to be celebrated in Week 4 of April.---- 

Why was this holiday created?
National Scoop the Poop Week is a week devoted to encouraging pet owners to clean up after their pets.

Whooah what kind of holiday is this?
It's another one of those Weird, wild & Wacky Holidays & listed as a National Animal Holiday

Origin of this Holiday
Reference: "The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws) is an organization of professional pooper-scoopers. Founded in 2002, aPaws members believe that every dog should have its day. In recognition of a growing problem in our communities, environment, and water tables, aPaws has established a special week of educating pet owners on the importance of cleaning up after their dogs."

For information about aPaws, the Find-A-Scooper Directory, and other health information, please visit www.apaws.org or email info@apaws.org.

This holiday is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!

We found recognition about this holiday from:
Calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday.

What is a pooper-scooper?
"A pooper-scooper, or poop scoop, is a device used to pick up an animal's fecal matter. This includes devices which remove feces from public places and yards. Pooper-scooper devices often have a bag or bag attachment. 'Poop bags' are alternatives to pooper scoopers, and are simply a bag, usually turned inside out, to carry the feces to a proper disposal area. Sometimes, the person performing the cleanup is also known as the pooper-scooper."

"A number of jurisdictions, including New York City, have laws requiring pet owners to clean up after their pets:

   a) A person who owns, possesses or controls a dog, cat or other animal shall not permit the animal to commit a nuisance on a sidewalk of any public place, on a floor, wall, stairway or roof of any public or private premises used in common by the public, or on a fence, wall or stairway of a building abutting on a public .

   § 161.05. Dogs to be restrained.
   A person who owns, possesses or controls a dog shall not permit it to be in any public place or in any open or unfenced area abutting on a public place unless the dog is effectively restrained by a leash or chain not more than six feet long.

"Authorized employees of New York City Departments of Health (including Animal Care & Control), of Sanitation, or of Parks and Recreation can issue tickets."

Health concerns:
"Dog droppings are one of the leading sources of E. coli (fecal coliforms) bacterial pollution: One gram of dog feces contains over 20,000,000 E. coli cells. While an individual animal's deposit of feces will not measurably affect the environment, the cumulative effect of thousands of dogs and cats in a metropolitan area can create serious problems due to contamination of soil and water supplies. The runoff from neglected pet waste contaminates water, creating health hazards for people, fish, ducks, etc."

"The situation is particularly dire in Germany, where an estimated 1400 tonnes of feces are deposited daily on public property. A citizen commission (2005) overwhelmingly recommended a plan that would break even at about seven months. DNA samples would be required when pet licenses come up for renewal. Within a year, a database of some 12,500 registration-required canine residents would be available to sanitation workers with sample-test kits. Evidence would be submitted to a forensics laboratory where technicians could readily match the waste to its dog. The prospect of a prompt fine equivalent to $600 US (at 2005 exchange rate) would help assure preventive compliance, as well as cover costs."


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