Chil­dren spread the mes­sage: Please clean up af­ter your dog

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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

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