Pet Waste

Dog poop: What's all the stink about?

It's a health risk 

Dog poop is more than just a squishy, smelly nuisance - it's a health risk to dogs and people, especially children. Dog poop is full of bacteria like Giardia and E. coli that can make people sick.

Rain makes it worse

When it rains, the dog poop is washed into our storm drains where it's carried to the nearest stream, making the water unsafe.

Would you want to swim or play in that water?

The dog is cute, but his poop sure isn't.

PSSH dog - I Poop (JPG)

What should you do with your dog's poop?


  • Scoop it, bag it, and trash it at home and in public.
  • Tell your family, friends, and neighbors to scoop the poop.
  • Let us know if someone is leaving their pet waste behind (we need a photo or video in order to enforce the law).


  • Just walk away and leave pet waste on public or private property.
  • Bag it and then leave the bag along a trail or public space. 
  • Let pets or children play in areas full of pet waste.

Is your dog's poop really worth $250?

Not picking up after your pet is against the law! Per Bothell Municipal Code 6.16.011 and 8.60.240, it's illegal to leave your pet waste on public or private property. Doing so could earn you a $250 fine per violation

For more information, visit our Animal Services page.

Dog Doogity

Bothell is part of the Puget Sound Starts Here campaign to raise awareness about daily habits that pollute our local and regional waters. Check out Dog Doogity's video about pet waste and Puget Sound. It's better to get it stuck in your head than on your shoe.