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Mark Burnett of Doody Calls in Fairfax, VA urges pet owners to scoop the poop off the snow.
Rebecca Sheir
Mark Burnett of Doody Calls in Fairfax, VA urges pet owners to scoop the poop off the snow.

By Rebecca Sheir

The winter weather brings certain dangers, from heavy winds to icy roads. But local dog owners can do their part to prevent one potential pitfall of the season.

Sharon Hornseth has a dog and a puppy, and this winter they're having a blast.

"They love the snow," she says. "The little one rolls in the snow constantly so we have to be careful she doesn't roll where there's yellow snow!"

But they might want to be careful about something else, too.

"The poop when it sits on the ground, if it's not picked up, it's not taken care of, it's gonna go somewhere," says Mark Burnett, who works with the pet-waste removal service, Doody Calls.

During a visit to Hornseths neighborhood, as he retrieves bags of, well, doody, Burnett says dog waste left in the snow can hurt the environment, since anything that gets onto the ground has a potential to get into the Chesapeake waterway.

Dog waste can harm health, too, he says, since "there are bacteria, and they can sit dormant. And then whether it's cold enough to stay all the way to spring, or it's just shortly after the snow melts, they're viable again."

Burnett urges dog owners to be responsible and scoop the poop.

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