by Briggs Hoey, Honorary Member of the Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) Safety Committee (Dog Mom is Sarah Hoey, IHCA Executive Director)
My mom, Sarah, has heard humans in our community are not picking up after their dogs. This season, the IHCA landscape crew is mowing turf across the community and reporting an increased amount of dog waste in parks and streetscapes. I want to help remind humans they are required by law to pick up after us with those plastic bag things. The gossip in Bark Park is the IHCA has 68 dog pot stations throughout the community. I am not sure why some humans don’t pick up after us. If we could, we would (dogs like to follow rules).
Did you know you have to be licensed to throw away a lot of dog waste? When I say a lot, I mean, on average, the IHCA pays to dispose of over 25.5 tons of dog waste every year. That is why the IHCA contracts with a licensed vendor, Pooper Troopers.
It also helps if humans would not put pizza boxes and other non-pet waste items in the pet waste bins. Please use regular trash receptacles for that stuff so dog owners can have a proper place to put pet waste.
The IHCA staff continuously reassesses the community’s need for dog pot stations. Mom says developers of new neighborhoods like Westridge are required to install many new pet waste stations. The IHCA team does its best to keep dog bags stocked and the waste bins emptied.
If you see a pet waste station in need of service, please call the IHCA office at 425-427-9257 or use the “Ask the IHCA” web form, and staff will address the issue quickly.
Woof Woof! (Thanks!)
Sarah Hoey is the IHCA executive director.
A version of this story originally appeared in the Connections July 2019 issue. This post is in memoriam to Briggs Hoey, who sadly passed away in March 2021. He was a good boy.