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Poop-sniffing dog finds human waste in Whatcom County waterways

Associated Press

BELLINGHAM – A dog trained to sniff out water pollution has detected human waste in many of the water samples taken from Whatcom County waterways.

A Whatcom County official, Erika Douglas, says the dog Crush found the presence of fecal coliform bacteria from people in about two-thirds of 58 sites. A lab confirmed the contamination.

The Bellingham Herald reported that officials are using the information to pinpoint the pollution source and to prioritize cleanup.

The water samples were collected and placed into bins. The dog is trained to lie down if it detects the presences of human waste.

Douglas says using poop-sniffing dogs is one of many tools being used to clean up waterways, and has some limitations.

The dog can’t detect waste from wildlife or livestock, or determine how much bacteria is in the water.

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