Walk­ers step out in aid of an­i­mal char­ity

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WALK­ERS took part in a spon­sored event to pro­mote re­spon­si­ble dog own­er­ship and raise cash.

Dog own­ers and their pets joined the walk in Mac­cles­field For­est or­gan­ised by the RSPCA and the char­ity’s Stape­ley Grange Wildlife Cen­tre. Par­tic­i­pants com­pleted 2km and 5km walks and the funds raised by en­ter­ing and from spon­sor­ships will go to­wards the care and pro­tec­tion of needy an­i­mals at the two lo­cal RSPCA branches.

Vol­un­teers brought two young res­cue dogs, Josie, a Saluki cross, and Goofy, a lurcher, which are both look­ing for a home.

The walk was held at a time when United Util­i­ties, which man­ages the site, and the Peak District Na­tional Park ranger ser­vice are try­ing to en­cour­age dog walk­ers us­ing for­est paths to con­trol and clean up af­ter their dogs and re­spect the en­vi­ron­ment.

Brenda Scott, RSPCA vol­un­teer fundrais­ing co­or­di­na­tor for the Mac- cles­field, SE Cheshire and Bux­ton branch, said: “Mac­cles­field For­est is a scenic and con­ser­va­tion area with sev­eral walks which up to now have been open to mem­bers of the public, in­clud­ing dog walk­ers.

“How­ever, there is a sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem with dog foul­ing on and off path­ways and, with dog

‘There is a sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem with dog own­ers’

walk­ers fail­ing to con­trol their pets.

“The own­ers of the for­est and reser­voirs United Util­i­ties and a ranger from the Peak District Na­tional Park Au­thor­ity work to­gether to main­tain nat­u­ral habi­tats and con­serve wildlife on the site to the ben­e­fit of all.

“But it’s be­com­ing an up­hill strug­gle to cope with the ac­tions of dog walk­ers who don’t take their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties se­ri­ously.

“If this sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues it could lead to mea­sures be­ing taken to pro­hibit cer­tain walks cur­rently open to the public in gen­eral or at least to dog own­ers. It’s im­por­tant some­thing is done to pro­tect the for­est.”

Do­na­tions can still be sent by Fri­day, Au­gust 29, to RSPCA Mac­cles­field, SE Cheshire & Bux­ton branch, PO Box 518, Mac­cles­field SK10 5DJ.

To learn more about Josie and Goofy or other dogs look­ing for a home visit rspca-mac­cles­field. org.uk or phone 01625 669620.

The Wildlife Cen­tre at Stape­ley Grange near Nantwich is one of only four cen­tres of its kind in Eng­land man­aged and staffed by the RSPCA to re­ha­bil­i­tate sick, in­jured or or­phaned wildlife brought to the cen­tre via in­spec­tors and mem­bers of the public.

● Goofy, a lurcher with Car­men Cole, lo­cal branch re­hom­ing co­or­di­na­tor nd Josie, a Saluki cross with Rachel White, a branch vol­un­teer.

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