Pet Waste

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Owning a pet can be fun and enriching, but it carries a lot of responsibilities, including taking care of the community. Cypress Municipal Code states that animal waste is considered a pollutant*, and failure to pick up after your pet may result in a fine up to $500**. So next time you are walking or playing with your pet, remember to always pick up after their waste.

*Sec 13.22(a)(2)
**Sec 13.28(b)

Please follow these tips the next time you are out with your pet:

  • Take a bag. Many of our parks feature free bag dispensers! You can use grocery bags or purchase dog waste bag dispensers from your local pet store.
  • Throw your bag in the trash and do not leave it near the curb. These can get washed (by sprinklers, rainstorm, etc.) into the storm sewer and local water ways which makes the water unfit for drinking and swimming.
  • Wash your hands after disposing

Please do not upset your neighbors and embarrass your pet. Do your part by picking up your pet’s waste, and keep the City of Cypress clean! To read more tips on how to take care of your pet and the environment, download the “Tips for Pet Care” brochure. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Works at (714) 229-6741.

Do Your Part! Remember, the Ocean Begins At Your Front Door.

For more information about what you can do to prevent urban runoff pollution or to report a water pollution problem, contact the Orange County Stormwater Program at 714-567-6363 or visit

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