ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage businesses and "poo fairies" are cleaning up after local dogs, as spring breakup exposes little piles of waste from the city's canines.
There’s no delicate way to say it: Anchorage is covered in dog poop, from an estimated local population of about 60,000 dogs.
Stefan Zijlstra, the owner of Pooper Trooper, said his crews are cleaning up about 500 yards a week. If the homeowners haven’t cleaned up for most of the winter, that adds up to several trash bags full of doggy droppings.
“We spend two, three hours in a yard and just pulling out bag, after bag of dog waste,” Zijlstra said.
At some of the dog parks around town, dog owners say they’re running into "poo fairies" -- Good Samaritans cleaning up after pet owners who haven’t been as considerate.