March Dog Doody Defrost Warning!

“It’s Melting, Melting!”; Pet waste poses immediate health hazard.

Knoxville, TN, March 20, 2014 --( Clear Your Mines, has an important message for all pet owners. The 2014 Spring thaw is about to begin. Alan of Clear Your Mines would like to stress the importance of cleaning up your pet’s piles before they become an ecological nightmare to your community.

In 1994, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized pet waste as a major contributor of Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) and as such, the runoff from pet waste will continue to produce harmful effects on our drinking water supply, recreation, fisheries and wildlife unless we all work together in our communities to reduce and prevent this pollution from occurring. In 2012, The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) estimates that there were over 43.3 million pet dogs in the US. Given that an average sized dog will produce approximately a half pound of poop in a single day, the runoff of over 4 million tons of pet waste per year leeching into our water supply is a preventable disaster to our communities. Without clean water, we cannot survive!

Pet waste is not fertilizer! According to the USDA, "it should not be used on crops grown for human consumption." Pet waste can pose a serious health hazard. A number of common parasites, including roundworm, are transmitted via dog feces. When infected dog droppings are left on the ground the eggs of the roundworms and other parasites can linger in the soil for years. As a result, anyone who comes in contact with the soil also comes in contact with the infected eggs. Children run the greatest risk of infection because they’re prone to play in the dirt at the park or playground and then put their hands in their mouths or rub their eyes with their hands. But even a group of teens or adults playing Frisbee or touch football in an open area could be in danger. Parasitic infections can make humans extremely sick, and for pregnant women – can pose a serious harm to their unborn child. It’s no joke!

Clear Your Mines, LLC, a member of aPaws, The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (, cleans pet waste from residential and commercial properties throughout the Knoxville and surrounding areas. We urge you to reduce your dog’s carbon paw print by cleaning up his waste as soon as possible, before it causes harm to our environment. If you don’t have the time, inclination, or energy, then please call a professional to perform this needed service for you.

1-800-DOG-POOP or 865-202-8012

If you would like more information on this topic or to schedule an interview with Alan Self, please call 865-202-8012 or email
Clear Your Mines, LLC
Alan Self