Children spread the message: Please clean up after your dog
SUTTON school pupils have put their advertising skills to the test to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.
Seventy-five students at Hollinhey Primary School designed posters to spread the message in a competition launched by the Parish Plan Steering Group in its fight against dog fouling and nuisance.
The group is working with the Three Villages Community Action Group to take action against dog mess being dumped around the parish.
Kevin Hoines, who is a committee member on the Parish Plan Steering Group, said one of the most highlighted problems is dog owners not picking up after dogs and not paying attention to where their dog is doing its business.
Another problem area is where owners do pick up after their dog but leave the dog bag hanging around, as well as recent cases of dog attacks on farm animals.
Kevin Hoines was joined by volunteers John Sharrock, Maggie Earl and Helen Walker in judging the competition and the 17 winning pieces of artwork will be printed as signs displayed at ‘dog fouling hot spots’ around the Sutton parish.
Kevin said: “It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm of all the children who took part in this competition. We have seen some great drawings, many with captions that really make you smile, for example, dog poo with tears coming from its eyes, saying, ‘I’m lonely, please don’t leave me here’ – who could fail to pick up after their dog after reading that?
“The children have asked that we prepare a map of the locations of where the signs are placed so they can take their parents to see them, we will do this very soon and publish it on the website. www.suttonparish.org.”
Lead environmental warden Tim Beckett and dog warden Keith Massey also visited the school to talk to the children about the safety issues around dogs, with Keith bringing along his talking dog Scobby Doo. John Sharrock, Helen Walker and Kevin Hoines – who brought along his dog Izzy, a Large Munsterlander – also attended.
The winners were also presented with a book token funded by the Cheshire Police Crime Commissioner.
●● Children at Hollinhey Primary School with their prize winning posters designed to support the campaign