Life lessons for dogs at event for community
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