'A nudge to pick up the fudge': US city flags dog poo left in public places

Campaign in Springfield, Missouri, urges residents to clean up after pets as city says it picks up nearly 25 pounds of dog poo a week

'A nudge to pick up the fudge': US city flags dog poo left in public places

Officials in small-town America are planting miniature but powerfully frank flags in piles of abandoned dog poo in public places, as part of a campaign to get residents to clean up after their pets downtown.
The police department in Springfield, south-west Missouri, posted photos of the flags in use on its Facebook page on Wednesday.

The flags don’t pull any punches with the pooches. They feature messages messages including: “Is this your turd? ‘Cuz that’s absurd” and “This is a nudge to pick up the fudge”.

The campaign started earlier this week and the department noted on the social network that leaving behind a pet’s mess in many cases violates a city ordinance. And it’s eco-friendly in more ways than one. The flags are made of bamboo and recycled paper.

Why do they do that? When dogs kick after going to the bathroom, they are using the scent glands on their paws to further mark their territory.

The city said it picks up nearly 25 pounds of dog poo a week from downtown parks and parking areas, costing $7,500 annually.