City of McAllen Wants Residents to Pick Up after Dogs
MCALLEN – The city of McAllen is telling residents to 'pick up your poop'.
They say many pet owners are still not extending the courtesy of picking up after their dogs.
The city says it's an issue, especially when the fecal matter runs off into the storm water system.
Environmental Education Manager for the city of McAllen, Delilah Martinez, says storm water runs into the Arroyo Colorado, which flows out into the ocean – this contributes to higher bacteria counts.
"We're actually swimming in whatever goes out to our outfall. So, we might not see it if it goes into our storm drainage system but we're definitely swimming, fishing in that contamination," says Martinez.
At this time, there is not a penalty for failing to pick up after your dog.
Martinez says the city is currently drafting an ordinance to enforce the rule.