Light-up col­lar call to district dog own­ers

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

DOG own­ers in Blaby are be­ing urged to make sure their pets can be seen now the nights are draw­ing in.

For the sec­ond year run­ning Blaby District Coun­cil is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to fit their pooch with a light-up col­lar.

The aim is to heighten vis­i­bil­ity and so in­crease safety as well as pre­vent foul­ing.

As part of the ini­tia­tive the coun­cil is run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion with a top prize of a fan­tas­tic doggy Christ­mas ham­per.

A lim­ited num­ber of il­lu­mi­nated col­lars are also be­ing given away.

To en­ter the con­test dog own­ers just need to take a pic­ture of their “lit-up” pooch out and about dur­ing the daily walk.

En­tries can be posted to the Blaby District Face­book page or tweeted to @BlabyDC with the photo and hash­tag. #DogsOfBlaby.

A win­ner will be se­lected at ran­dom with the prize, worth around £60, do­nated by Blaby Pet and Gar­den Cen­tre.

Michelle Ikin, se­nior an­i­mal ser­vices of­fi­cer for Blaby District Coun­cil, said: “There is a no­tice­able in­crease in dog foul­ing on our streets and parks dur­ing the win­ter. This can be be­cause own­ers can’t see their dog when it’s dark.

“We also want to make sure our res­i­dents’ dogs are as safe as pos­si­ble dur­ing the win­ter sea­son.”

Light-up col­lars are avail­able on­line from as lit­tle as £2. To en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion visit www.face­book.com/blabydc or www.twit­ter.com/blabydc. Full terms and con­di­tions are avail­able via www.blaby. gov.uk.

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