Pet Waste

Dog Poop is 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. 

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? 

Did You Know?

Leaving pet waste behind is against the law! According to BMC 6.16.011 and 8.60.240, it is unlawful 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. Our latest outreach effort is a this video about pet waste and Puget Sound.

Pet Waste Community Box Request

To request a community box, please fill out this form.

What to do with Pet Waste


  • 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.

Photo of artist in Dog Doogity video

Dog Doogity
  1. Christi Cox

    Surface Water Program Coordinator - Outreach