Dog poo

Victoria's 900,000 dogs produce 90 tonnes of dog poo each day. Dog poo on streets, parks and beaches is unsightly and unpleasant. It is a significant worry for local communities and councils, and can compromise the health, well-being and enjoyment of people in the environment.

Droppings contain harmful nutrients and bacteria, and can end up in waterways and the ocean via the stormwater system. This can contribute to excessive E. coli readings on beaches after rainfall. Children, people with immune system deficiencies, and field sport players are most at risk of infection from dog poo, including infection by Toxocara canis, the roundworm found in the faeces of infected puppies and adult dogs.

This Toolkit will give readers a snapshot of the circumstances that cause it, and how to tackle it. It should be read in conjunction with the Litter Prevention Program Kit which provides an overview for all litter prevention programs.

More information

  • The Lost Dogs Home works for the welfare of dogs and cats by preventing animal cruelty and reducing the number of lost, injured and unwanted animals. The Home provides shelter, animal management and veterinary services, conducts public education, and advocates to governments.
  • The RSPCA provides a range of services and information about pet ownership, including a free animal care education program presented by qualified teachers.
  • The Australian Veterinary Association has a great deal of information and research on the dog poo issue.
  • Manningham City Council's Dog Litter Removal Study outlines options for managing dog poo litter in public areas.
  • Dog and Cat Management Board SA have produced Unleashed: A Guide to Successful Dog Parks which outlines good design of dog parks in urban areas.