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Cash Found in Poop
Ever find anything interesting when scooping?
Karen Linn and Fozzie with the returned money.

Last month, an honest professional pooper scooper gained media attention for returning money left behind by a client’s dog. Steve Wilson was working at Karen Linn's house and found $58 in bills entwined in a pile of poop. The DoodyCalls Pet Waste removal worker promptly cleaned the bills and returned them to Linn. She offered Wilson a reward, which he declined, so in honor of her adopted pup, Fozzie, Linn decided to auction the bills on eBay to benefit the Humane Society of the United States.

According to the Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (APAWS), Wilson is the first pooper scooper to ever find and report cash in dog poop (at least the first to gain media attention anyway).

Ever since dogs entered my life, I find that I spend a lot of time looking at the ground. When you scoop poop on a regular basis you end up finding lots of random items this way. While walking the dogs one March, I once found a friend’s spare set of keys that had been unknowingly lost for months under the melting snow. 

As for the poop itself, I usually inspect my dogs’ since it can be a good indicator of health, and I often end up finding pieces of missing household items like sponges and socks. I have yet to find anything valuable, which is a good thing!

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve found when scooping dog poop?

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

Photo by karenlinn, eBay.

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