Appeal for walkers to keep control of dogs in the forest
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.”