GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Is dog poo newsworthy? Maybe not, until you step in it.
Then you can't wait to rage on anyone within earshot. At the very least, pet poop is an inconvenience to many dog owners and those who recreate popular trails.
That said, Colorado's springtime is synonymous with dog-poo pile-ups, and Grand Junction is no different. Leaving poo to be covered in snow just seems easier to some folks during the cold winter.
"Picking it up is a respectful thing to do," Mesa County Animal Services Director Penny McCarty said. "We really appreciate it when people clean up feces. It's responsible pet ownership."
Mesa County Animal Services estimates there are approximately 21,000 households with dogs in the area, with more than 35,000 dogs living throughout the Grand Valley.
"I thinks that's low because it's a national formula," McCarty added. "Having more dogs are common in rural areas."
And, of that, there are currently 22,000 active dog licenses registered with the county.
That's a lot of poo, folks.
Especially since "there are certain diseases associated with animal feces, and dogs like to sniff other dog's poop," McCarty said.
No poo bag in hand? No worries. There are pet-waste stands offering baggies to walkers throughout Grand Junction, especially at popular trailheads.
"The city installs, stocks and maintains the 'doggie pick-up stations' throughout the Grand Junction park system," said City of Grand Junction Parks Superintendent Mike Vendegna in an email. "We have them in every city park, developed and undeveloped, at all city trailheads and along the trail in designated areas. We also have them at the cemeteries and on Main Street."
Vendegna added: "We have had excellent response from dog owners cleaning up after their pets. Providing the pick-up stations contributes to the cleanliness of city facilities, as well as the health and safety of the community."