We live in a time when dog owners no longer need to deny their pets the joy of being taken out to the “old ball game.” At least that is the case on six Wag-A-Long Wednesday night baseball games at the Fireflies Stadium in Columbia. On April 11th, June 6th, June 27th, August 1st, August 8th and August 29th dogs are welcome to come to the game with their owners free of charge! At each of those games representatives from Trash the Poop, a program sponsored by Lexington County, Richland County, and the City of Columbia, will staff a kiosk to provide leash bag dispensers and brochures to dog owners. These items encourage puppy parents to be environmentally responsible by picking up after their dogs and depositing bagged pet waste in the trash. After all, who wants to step in dog poop?! Not only does this simple action keep the ground cleaner, it reduces bacterial pollution of waterways that occurs when animal waste washes into storm drains during a rain storm. At Spirit Communications Park, they also require that dog owners pick up after their pet and properly dispose of the waste on Wag-A-Long Wednesdays.
Fireflies fans who come out to the game on June 6th can see a first pitch thrown at 7:05 p.m. by the Stormwater Managers of Lexington County and the City of Columbia. On August 8th, a first pitch will be thrown by a surprise Lexingtonian. Be sure to come early because our Trash the Poop PSA will be shown on the big screen before the game!
It’s time that everyone learns that picking up after dogs shows love, not only to your pet, but to your neighbors and our beautiful Midlands waterways. Remember, it goes in the trash where it can safely degrade in a lined landfill and not travel into our local streams.
To see the “Trash the Poop” Brochure Click here