City of Springfield 'flags' dog poop downtown

Springfield Police Dept.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Officials in the city of Springfield 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 posted photos of the flags in use on its Facebook page Wednesday. The flags contain messages such as, "Is this your turd? 'Cuz that's absurd" and "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 city's Environmental Services said the flags are made of bamboo and recycled paper and downtown crews will pick them up if they have to clean up pet waste.