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North Port releases “ Scoop Scoop Baby” music video

In honor of International Pooper Scooper Week, the City of North Port Parks & Recreation Department launched a new parody music video in partnership with The Rock Box Music School & Stage. The goal? To remind residents that they can help protect our waterways and keep our parks clean by properly disposing their pet waste. The video can be enjoyed at or seen on the North Port Parks & Recreation Facebook page at

“We wanted to remind our community in an entertaining way that we have a responsibility as pet owners to be good neighbors and pick up after our animals,” said Laura Ansel, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator. “We hope that this catchy song will have everyone scooping along with us.”

Pet waste that isn’t properly disposed of is not only smelly and unsightly, but it contains harmful fecal bacteria which can pose a health risk for pets and people, especially children. When it rains, fecal bacteria can be washed into our waterways, which supplies our drinking water. Pet waste left anywhere is a potential public health risk.

The good news, people can help scoop the poop and prevent poo-llution by bringing a scooper bag with them on walks, scooping up pet waste, and tossing it into the trash. Less dog waste means a happier and healthier community for all.

For more information, visit or call 941-429-PARK(7275).