'PUP-ing' gets the scoop on canines

Columbus officials launched a campaign called "PUP" on the city's website last week that includes a photo of Mayor Michael B. Coleman holding a small plastic bag in one hand and the leash to a dog named Mr. Milo Tibbs in the other.

"PUP stands for Pick Up Poop," the site states. "All dog owners can 'doo' the right thing and scoop poop when walking and in your own backyard. Our goal is clean water, and PUPing is our law."

The campaign website,, asks residents to pledge to pick up after their pets, conserve water and walk their dogs near home rather than drive somewhere else.

The campaign goes on to point out that not picking up dog waste is against the law and that doing so can help prevent water pollution.

It also notes that pet waste can transmit a number of bacteria and viruses, including tapeworm, roundworm, E. coli, Parvo and more, and can attract rodents and the parasites they harbor.

-- Kevin Parks