Dog owners – pick-up!

Letter writer concerned by dog droppings, for a variety of reasons

The Millenium Poopway aka “The watch your step walkway” is potentially one of the nicest features of Castlegar. Unfortunately it is so full of “poo’ there that I no longer take my dog for fear of illness. At her advanced age the immune system is less strong. Mine too.

The south parking lot hasn’t been stocked with pick up bags since November. I stopped by city hall to ask that bags be stocked at the park but have not seen any there yet. Maybe handy bags and trash bins won’t make people pick up but at least provide means and incentive. The walk along Nelson Lake front is equally bad or worse. 

The Vancouver Sun ran a great article on why it is so important to pick up after our dogs.
The article (originally taken from Maple Ridge Times) 
was published Sat March 24 2012 in Breaking News section page A7 titled: “Cases of potential fatal canine disease have spiked, vets say”

Why is picking up important?

Parvovirus is on the rise and it kills dogs, especially puppies.
”In outdoor conditions parvovirus can withstand freezing and last up to 7 months in the environment.
The resistant bug can live for months under the right conditions it has been known to survive on rugs, furniture, even food containers.”

Having your dog vaccinated each year and picking up after your dog will aid in preventing this potentially lethal virus from spreading. Our cherished older dogs are more at risk because of their weakened immune systems.

Humans are at risk too.

According to the Mayo Clinic web site; “Parvovirus infection is a common and highly contagious childhood ailment — sometimes called slapped-cheek disease because of the distinctive face rash that develops. Parvovirus infection also has been known as fifth disease because, historically, it was one of five common childhood illnesses characterized by a rash.

In most children, parvovirus infection is mild and requires little treatment. However, in some adults, the infection can be serious. Parvovirus infection in some pregnant women can lead to serious health problems for the fetus. Parvovirus infection is also more serious for people with some kinds of anemia or who have a compromised immune system.”

Picking up after your dog is not only a regulation under local bylaws, it is the responsible thing to do as a pet guardian and a member of the community. Like most things that are really important it’s simple and it only takes a moment of conscious thought and action.


-Deborah Wilson


Just Posted

Province announces $23 million for upgrades at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital District Board has yet to review the provincial proposal

UPDATE: Two-car accident closes Highway 3A at Thrums

Road expected to open for single-lane alternating traffic at 2 p.m.

OPINION: Florio Vassilakakis calls city tax increase ‘overly ambitious’

One city councillor’s take on the City of Castlegar’s proposed budget

Castlegar moves towards allowing more in-home childcare spaces

If passed, bylaw will increase the maximum number of children allowed to match provincial standards.

Call a foul on cancer with the Pink Whistle Campaign

Local basketball referees are raising money for cancer research

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Police track armed kidnapping across Thompson-Okanagan

RCMP allege it was a targeted crime believed to be linked to the drug trade

St. Paul’s Hospital replacement slated to open in Vancouver in 2026

Announced many times, but this time there’s money, Adrian Dix says

Fourteen ‘dream’ homes ordered evacuated as sinkholes open in Sechelt

Sinkholes throughout the subdivision have prompted the District of Sechelt to issue evacuation orders

Olympian Rhoda Wurtele visits Fernie; reveals secret to skiing at 97

Rhoda Wurtele and her identical twin sister Rhona represented Canada at the 1948 Olympics

Most Read