Pupils join in battle against ‘foul play’

Winning poster designers Elise Reed and Maisey Thurlby with dog warden Dave Granger and art judge Kate Staines from Hambleton District Council.
Winning poster designers Elise Reed and Maisey Thurlby with dog warden Dave Granger and art judge Kate Staines from Hambleton District Council.

School children from Broomfield Primary School in Northallerton have joined Hambleton District Council’s battle against dog fouling.

They invited the council’s Dog Warden Dave Granger, Alison Gray from Dogs Trust with her dog Mollie and Police Community Support Officer Angie Preston into their school so that they could find out more about responsible dog ownership.

The children learned all about the diseases carried in dog poo and were told about the efforts made by the council’s Dog Warden services to encourage dog owners to clear up after their pets.

They were also urged to pass the message on outside of school and help to keep the streets clean of dog mess by reporting irresponsible dog owners to them. 

Most of the children walk to school and are aware of the dog mess in the area.

They are taking the fight against dog fouling to the streets by designing posters highlighting this anti-social behaviour. The winning posters have been reproduced and are now displayed on the streets around the school.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to the youngsters for getting involved,” said Cllr Stephen Watson, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Health, Waste and Recycling.

“Unfortunately it’s the few irresponsible dog owners who let the side down and they need to know that they run the risk of a heavy fine if they are caught.”

Anyone caught allowing their dog to foul in a public place may be issued with a fixed penalty notice for £50.