Strong mes­sage to dog own­ers over be­ing re­spon­si­ble

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

HARD-HIT­TING posters are urg­ing dog own­ers to be re­spon­si­ble.

Blaby District Coun­cil’s Bite Back ini­tia­tive is of­fer­ing sup­port to own­ers, farm­ers and sports teams and own­ers of re­cre­ation ar­eas.

The coun­cil will hand out a free Bite Back Pack, con­tain­ing weather-proof posters, dog bags, sten­cil kits for pave­ments and an info pack on how to re­port any­one not pick­ing up af­ter their dog.

With a large ru­ral area across the district, farm­ers can also or­der posters highlighting the dan­gers of not keep­ing a dog un­der con­trol.

The coun­cil said in July a sheep in Countesthorpe was mauled by a dog off its lead, with the farmer’s wife and young daugh­ters dis­cov­er­ing the in­jured an­i­mal. The sheep had to be put down. A fur­ther poster shows the con­se­quences of fail­ing to clean up af­ter dogs around live­stock, show­ing the po­ten­tially dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of dis­ease that dog fae­ces can carry.

Sports teams, lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and own­ers of re­cre­ation ar­eas in the district can also re­ceive free posters and pack to de­ter ir­re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers that can cause is­sues in play ar­eas and sports pitches by fail­ing to con­trol their dog.

Coun­cil­lor Iain Hew­son, leisure and reg­u­la­tory ser­vices spokesman, said: “We know that while the vast ma­jor­ity of dog own­ers are re­spon­si­ble, the small num­ber who have no re­spect for their area have a neg­a­tive im­pact in the com­mu­nity, and can cause distress and long-term prob­lems to farm­ers.

“These up­set­ting ef­fects are shown in the ru­ral posters and we make no apolo­gies for the hard-hit­ting na­ture of them.

“With all cir­cum­stances covered by our Bite Back cam­paign, I en­cour­age any res­i­dents, farm­ers and or­gan­i­sa­tions to get in touch, and we will help them launch the cam­paign in their area.”

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