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Dog owners urged to join scheme pledging to clean up after their pets
1:22pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A CAMPAIGN has been launched in Teesdale to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.
Durham County Council is running the Green Dog Walker’s scheme in Middleton-in-Teesdale and Eggleston in the hope of recruiting new members.
The council has operated the project elsewhere successfully for several years.
Members of the scheme pledge to always clean up after their pets and to volunteer to carry extra dog waste bags with them to give to other pet owners.
The recruitment drive in Teesdale runs until Sunday, September 29 and the council’s neighbourhood wardens will patrol dog fouling hot-spots.
They will issue fixed penalty notices to anyone who fails to clear up after their pet.
Middleton-in-Teesdale Primary School pupils will learn about how to be responsible dog owners with a visit from Scoop the Dog on September 27.
A free dog microchipping session is to be held at Middleton-in-Teesdale Village Hall between 10am and 2pm on September 29.
Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services at the council, said: “This campaign aims to educate residents about the problems caused by irresponsible dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets.
“It also encourages people to join the Green Dog Walkers’ Scheme.
“This helps people identify responsible dog walkers, increases availability of dog waste bags and acts as a reminder to people to pick up dog waste.”
Details on the Green Dog Walkers scheme can be obtained from the council on 03000 26 1000, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on-line at durham.gov.uk/greendogwalkers.
To report dog fouling issues on-line people can visit www.durham.gov.uk/dogfouling.
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