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Wardens on look out for Fencehouses and Great Lumley dog walkers both fair and foul
Neighbourhood wardens will be on the look-out for dog owners falling foul of the law in neighbouring villages later this month.
The wardens will be patrolling Fencehouses and Great Lumley, near Chester-le-Street, to ensure dog owners pick up after their pets.
It is all in the run-up to free dog micro-chipping events as part of Durham County Council’s Green Dog walkers scheme to persuade pet owners to act responsibly.
Anyone failing to pick-up after their pets will be given a fixed penalty notice.
But, those who do pick up will receive a Golden Ticket and go into a draw for a £25 shopping voucher.
The free micro-chipping sessions, provided by Deerness Kennels, in Langley Moor, are at Robert Forster House (Scout Hall), in Fencehouses, on Tuesday November 19, and at Lumley Junior School, on Saturday November 30, both from 10am to 2pm.
Dogs brought for micro-chipping must be 12-weeks-old or above, with up-to-date injections.
Amy Hartnell, civic pride officer with the council, said: “The majority of dog walkers are responsible and carry waste bags, and, always pick up.
“But, unfortunately, it just takes one of two to have a negative impact on the area.
“The Green Dog Walkers scheme is a friendly and community-led approach to tackle the problem.
“Anyone signed-up to it is always on-hand to give out waste bags to owners who may have run out or forgotten to carry them.”
In the run-up to the micro-chipping sessions the civic pride team will also be visiting local primary schools for special assemblies.
Further information on the work of the civic pride teams is available via www.durham.gov.uk/greendogwalkers, or by ringing (03000) 261000.
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