Pet Waste is Toxic and Unhealthy

Pet waste is full of bacteria and parasites that can cause illness in animals and people. Pet waste left on the city’s sidewalks and parks are smelly, unhealthy nuisances that often someone other than the dog owner has to remove. While many dog owners are responsible, it’s time to make sure that pet waste is properly managed for the good health and benefit of everyone.

Dangers of pet waste if not properly managed:

  • Spreads diseases between pets.
  • Infects children and adults with disease-causing bacteria and parasites. Some diseases that can be passed from pet waste to humans:
    • Campylobacteriosis – a bacterial infection carried by dogs and cats that frequently causes diarrhea in humans.
    • Salmonellosis – the most common bacterial infection transmitted to humans by other animals. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea.
    • Toxocariasis – roundworms usually transmitted from dogs to humans, often without noticeable symptoms, but may cause vision loss, a rash, fever, or cough.
    • Toxoplasmosis – a parasite carried by cats that can cause birth defects if a woman becomes infected during pregnancy. Can also be a problem for people with depressed immune systems.
  • Pollutes river water – Pet waste left on the ground may wash into storm drains and end up in the Hudson River.

Do your part: SCOOP THE POOP!

Scooping your pooch’s poop isn’t just a courtesy for those walking behind you; it’s the healthy and environmentally sound thing to do. Picking up after your dog is not only easy, in Hoboken it’s the law! Failing to pick up after your pet is punishable by a fine from $100 up to $2,000 (§93-16). For violators of this ordinance, city inspectors strongly recommend to the prosecutor a minimum fine of $250.

Tips for dealing with your pet’s waste:

  • Always carry a plastic bag when you walk your dog.
  • Keep a supply of bags near your dog leash.
  • Reuse old bags: plastic newspaper bags, grocery bag, or sandwich bags. Or, purchase special bags where pet supplies are sold.
  • Tie bags on the leash if you don’t have a pocket or pack.
  • To avoid unpleasant surprises, check the bag for holes before your pet’s walk.
  • Use the bag as a glove to pick up the pet waste.
  • Turn the bag inside out around the waste, scoop it up, and seal the bag.
  • Dispose of it in a public trash can or as long as the droppings are not mixed with other materials, pet waste can be flushed down the toilet. This allows waste to be properly treated by a community sewage plant. Do not place bagged or un-bagged pet waste in a storm drain or hose pet waste towards storm drains as they drain directly to the Hudson River. City law prohibits disposing of waste in another person’s garbage can without their permission. Be a good neighbor and do not put dog waste into another person’s garbage can (§110-23).
  • Wash your hands with warm, soapy water after dealing with pet waste.

Curb Your Dog!

Dogs should be curbed to the street. Keep dogs away from trees – compaction and waste from walking your dog in tree pits can kill trees.

Did you know?

  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has deemed pet waste a “non-point source of pollution,” which puts it in the same category as oil and toxic chemicals!
  • One gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria.
  • The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms pet waste can spread parasites including hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and Salmonella.

Dog Licenses

All dogs of licensing age (7 months of age or possessing a permanent set of teeth) kept in Hoboken must have a current Hoboken Health Department license. The registration tag must be securely attached to the dog’s collar or harness at all times.

NOTE: 2016 licenses do not need to be renewed until May 1, 2017 (applications submitted before May 1 will expire on April 30). Any renewals received after May 31, 2017 will be subjected to a $5.00 late fee.

Fee: $10 Spayed/Neutered, $14 Not Spayed/Neutered. Download an application.

Leash Law & Dogs in Parks & Playgrounds

Except when within city dog runs, all dogs must be securely confined and controlled by an adequate leash, no more than six (6) feet in length.

Dogs are permitted only on the paved areas of the Waterfront Walkway, so long as they are safely on a leash no more than six (6) feet long. Dogs are not permitted on any grass, gravel or other unpaved area of the Waterfront Walkway (§93-20).

No dogs or other animals, leashed or unleashed, are permitted in any public park or playground except to bring directly to and directly from a city dog run, without diversion, in any public park (§93-22).

Dog Runs

  • Church Square Park
  • Elysian Park
  • Stevens Park
  • 1600 Park (under construction)
  • Underneath 14th Street Viaduct (under construction)
  • Shipyard Park (private dog run for residents only)