Life lessons for dogs at event for com­mu­nity

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DISOBE­DI­ENT dogs re­ceived a few life lessons at an event or­gan­ised by a com­mu­nity group.

The Sut­ton Parish Plan group work­ing with the Three Vil­lages Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group – which in­cor­po­rates mem­bers from Sut­ton, Langley and Lyme Green – has been look­ing at ways to tidy up dog mess in the parish and en­cour­age pet own­ers to keep their dogs un­der con­trol.

This has in­cluded on the spot fines for of­fend­ers and ad­vice ses­sions for dog own­ers.

The groups or­gan­ised an event which was held at Trenta­bank Ranger Sta­tion, Mac­cles­field For­est, where Jez Frith from The An­i­mal Be­hav­iour Clinic was present to give ad­vice and demon­stra­tions on a num­ber of is­sues fac­ing dog own­ers.

Peak Dis­trict Na­tional Park rangers, Po­lice Com­mu­nity Sup­port Of­fi­cers and other vol­un­teers were present at the ses­sion.

Kevin Hoines, from the Parish Plan group, said there have been a num­ber of is­sues in the for­est where dogs have at­tacked peo­ple, other dogs, and chased wildlife in­clud­ing deer. In one in­ci­dent a dog caused the deer to jump into the reser­voir to avoid in­jury.

Dis­tur­bance to nest­ing birds is also a prob­lem in spring and sum­mer months.

Kevin said: “There was a tremen­dous turnout from dog own­ers at the event.

“We have seen peo­ple seek­ing ad­vice on a vast ar­ray of prob­lems, and hope­fully our ef­forts will help re­duce the prob­lems some­times ex­pe­ri­enced in our coun­try­side.

“The Parish Plan team con­tin­ues to pro­mote the prin­ci­ple that not pick­ing up af­ter dogs is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.”

Mem­bers en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to re­port of­fend­ers.

Kevin said: “We urge peo­ple to call the dog war­den if they spot prob­lems.”

Call Cheshire East Dog War­den on 0300 123 5021.

Ses­sions on dogs chas­ing live­stock also took place at the week­end at Sut­ton Hall Farm.

●● Ten­ants and staff from the Rossendale Trust in Sut­ton dur­ing a pre­vi­ous fundrais­ing fash­ion show

●● Sut­ton Parish Plan group and Three Vil­lages Com­mu­nity Ac­tion or­gan­ised dog be­hav­iour event at Mac­cles­field For­est

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