Arvada, Colorado April 3, 2017 – The Arvada Police and the City of Arvada are kicking off a month-long awareness effort to remind residents to clean up after their pets. The #DooYourPart campaign emphasizes responsible pet ownership.
The campaign features dog photos collected by Arvada PD animal management officers in the course of their work. The photos are embellished with humorous captions to deliver a simple but strong message: It is the law that owners must clean up after their pets.
Jefferson County Open Space recently shut down its popular Elk Meadow Park Dog Off-Leash Area in Evergreen because of an overabundance of dog waste, which caused elevated levels of E.coli in the water system. The outbreak of these deadly bacteria was a direct result of the dog waste being left owners.
“Our approach is humorous, but the message is very serious. We need pet owners to be responsible and we need them to clean up after their animals, “said Donald Keith, Arvada Animal Management Supervisor. “We have coordinated with other city agencies to help identify and ticket pet owners who do not clean up after their pet.”
And, the fine is no laughing matter. Citations can be up to $2650 and up to six months in jail.
“We have a great community in Arvada and we want it to stay that way,” said Keith. “While we have many residents who consistently do the right thing, we want to make sure everyone is doing their part to keep Arvada as a great place to live, work and play.”
About Arvada Police
The Arvada Police department, established in 1945, was the first agency in Colorado to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. Arvada boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the metro area. Over 230 employees serve more than 100,000 residents and businesses and are committed to the principles of responsibility, dedication and respect. Learn more by visiting www.arvadapd.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.