Ap­peal for walk­ers to keep con­trol of dogs in the for­est

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

PARISH coun­cil­lors are urg­ing dog walk­ers to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their pets.

Sut­ton Parish Coun­cil has put out a plea to dog own­ers to help com­bat dog foul­ing in Mac­cles­field For­est and keep con­trol of pets.

Sarah Giller, parish coun­cil clerk, has urged res­i­dents to follow ad­vice in a leaflet ‘Re­spon­si­ble Dog Own­er­ship - A Guide for the Pub­lic’ which sets out the main mes­sages for dog own­ers in Mac­cles­field For­est and neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

It cov­ers dog foul­ing, dogs at­tack­ing wildlife and un­con­trolled dogs.

The leaflet is avail­able from the For­est Ranger Sta­tion and backed by Sut­ton Parish Coun­cil and other or­gan­i­sa­tions in the area.

Mrs Giller said: “We are try­ing to en­cour­age dog own­ers to be more re­spon­si­ble.

“A large per­cent­age of dog own­ers act re­spon­si­bly and pick up after their dogs. There are a mi­nor­ity of own­ers act­ing ir­re­spon­si­bly and make walk­ing in the for­est un­pleas­ant. Please be aware of what your dog is do­ing at all times and pick up your dog’s mess ei­ther by seal­ing it in a bag or by plac­ing it in a bin.

“Dogs at­tack­ing wildlife is a se­ri­ous is­sue and can lead to wildlife be­com­ing in­jured or killed. Equally your dog could be in­jured. Teach your dog a re­li­able re­call and keep treats handy or keep your dog on a lead. While ex­er­cise is im­por­tant dogs can be­come a nui­sance if left to run un­con­trolled.”

The coun­cil is also ap­peal­ing to peo­ple not to drop lit­ter.

Mrs Giller said: “Un­for­tu­nately Mac­cles­field For­est does not pro­vide bins. Lit­ter­ing is a ma­jor con­cern for the en­vi­ron­ment and wildlife so please put your rub­bish in your pocket and throw it away when you get home.”

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