Hermosa Beach Launches Responsible Pet Owner Program

May 4, 2018

Hermosa-Responsible-Pet-OwnerThe City of Hermosa Beach is launching a Responsible Pet Owner Program to highlight the importance of proper pet waste disposal and to encourage residents and visitors to clean up after their pets to help protect the environment, reduce health hazards, keep streets and sidewalks clean and avoid a $25 fine.

The City will kick off the campaign, entitled, “Here’s the Scoop: For Cleaner Feet, Streets and Water,” at the Third Annual Pets in the Park event at 10 a.m. on May 5 at Valley Park, 2521 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. Pet owners attending the event can receive a gift for making a “Responsible Pet Owner” pledge to pick up pet waste and agreeing to follow the City of Hermosa Beach’s pet owner ordinances. Those making the pledge will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win free dog license registration from the City for one year.

Pet owners who can’t attend the event can still take the Responsible Pet Owner pledge by going to the City’s website after May 5. They will also be entered into the prize drawing. In addition, the City will be distributing brochures and other information to residents about responsible pet ownership.

“The City is responding to the concerns of residents by launching this public education campaign to encourage responsible pet ownership,” said interim City Manager John Jalili. “Pet waste is a major source of water pollution and a potential health hazard. We ask everyone to join us in improving our water quality, protecting public health and keeping Hermosa beautiful by doing their part in properly disposing pet waste.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified pet waste as a source of water pollution that can cause a health hazard for swimmers, surfers and others in ocean. The EPA says pet waste contributes nitrogen, phosphorus, parasites and bacteria to water bodies when it is not disposed of properly. Researchers also have found that pet waste left on urban streets and sidewalks can cause illness in children and adults who come in contact with the contamination.

So, here’s the scoop on the City’s program, ordinances and more:
•Free bags for removing pet waste are available throughout Hermosa Beach at many of the City’s parks and along the Strand and Greenbelt. The GoHermosa! App also has a place for people to report when the City’s pet waste bag dispensers are empty.
•The City of Hermosa Beach also sweeps daily and steam cleans the Strand on a monthly basis to remove pet waste and other contaminants.
•Per Hermosa Beach Municipal Code 6.04.100, all pet owners are required to carry pet waste disposal bags with them when walking their pets and for those bags to be visible. The municipal code also requires all pet owners to dispose of all pet waste properly. Failure to carry a bag or to pick up after a pet can result in a $25 fine for each of these offenses.

You can take the pledge to be a responsible pet owner at http://speakuphermosa.org/surveys/hermosas-responsible-pet-owner-pledge and find more details on the City’s dog license page at http://www.hermosabch.org/index.aspx?page=233.