Jefferson County is kicking off a public service campaign to remind dog owners that there is no poop fairy, and owners must clean up after their dogs.
From July 9 to 17, Animal Control will be out encouraging dog owners to pick up after their dogs in parks, trails and neighborhoods.
Volunteers will be wearing blue "poop fairy" T-shirts as they greet park users. There will also be signs and displays telling dog owners that the poop fairy doesn't exist.
Jefferson County Animal Control said dog poop:
Doesnt biodegrade like wild animal poop
Contains bacteria that can harm adults, children and other pets
Can contaminate groundwater
Is unpleasant to look at, smell or scrape off of your shoe
Failure to clean up dog feces in public places is also a petty offense with a fine of at least $30 in Jefferson County.
Copyright Report a typo or inaccuracyIf you have a news tip or a follow-up to this story, e-mail us.Copyright 2011 by TheDenverChannel.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.