Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department
Environmental Public Health
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Inadequate Housing Maintenance
Neighborhood Quality of Life
Prohibited Landfill Items
A pet's area must be kept clean and sanitary. Animal manure must be picked
up at least once every five days, however daily is recommended. When walking
your dog bring a disposal bag and scoop so you can pick up waste along the way.
Keep your pet on a leash or in a confined area to prevent the pet from getting
into the garbage. For more information concerning pets, please call
Animal Control at 441-7900.
Pet Waste Can Be Harmful
Pet waste can be a source of food for rodents and flies, as well as creating odors. Waste from dogs and cats may cause many diseases. If children play in or eat dirt with infected waste, they might contract illnesses from roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, or other parasites. Pet waste can contaminate water. Do NOT put pet waste into storm drains as it will pollute our streams and lakes. It is also against the law.
Pet waste should be put in a heavy plastic bag and sealed before putting the garbage out for collection. Do not use pet waste as compost or fertilizer for your garden.
Reduce At The Source:
Do not overfeed your pet. Feed your dog once a day and give the dog only what they will eat. Talk to your veterinarian if you have questions on pet food quality and the quanity to feed your pet. After feeding, pick up and clean the dish. Rats and mice often live under dog houses and live off food left by the dog. Additionally leftover dog or cat food that is kept outside will attract opossums, racoon and other wild life which can create nuisance problems.
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