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‘Is this your turd?’: Missouri city’s cleanup flags dog poop

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019

This undated photo provided by the Department of Public Information in the city of Springfield, Missouri shows dog poop. Officials in a southwest Missouri city are planting small flags in piles of abandoned dog poop as part of a campaign to get residents to clean up after their pets downtown. (Jasmine Bailey / AP)
This undated photo provided by the Department of Public Information in the city of Springfield, Missouri shows dog poop. Officials in a southwest Missouri city are planting small flags in piles of abandoned dog poop as part of a campaign to get residents to clean up after their pets downtown. (Jasmine Bailey / AP)
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Officials in a southwest Missouri city are planting small flags in piles of abandoned dog poop as part of a campaign to get residents to clean up after their pets downtown.

The police department in Springfield, Missouri, posted photos of the flags in use on its Facebook page Wednesday.

The flags contain messages such as, “This is a nudge to pick up the fudge.”

The campaign started this week, and the department noted on Facebook that leaving behind a pet’s mess in many cases violates a city ordinance.

The flags are made of bamboo and recycled paper.

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

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