Students tackle dog mess

Area: Darwen

Problem: Dog fouling

What happened?

Students from Darwen Vale High School have joined forces with Blackburn with Darwen Council and the police to tackle the issue of dog mess in public places.
The students who are members of the Darwen Police cadets are leading a ‘Foul Play’ campaign which has seen them design posters to encourage people to be responsible dog owners.

They have also surveyed shoppers in Darwen Market to find out what people think about the issue and how they think it should be tackled.

The young people were joined by officers from the Council that has called for residents to help it crack down on the problem as part of its Your Call campaign.

Officers were recruiting people to join the Council's Dog Solutions workshops, which give people advice on how to  be the front line in tackling the blight of dog mess.

The workshops encourage attendees to report incidents, give them information on surveying areas for fouling and advice on how to support dog owners who do pick up their dog’s mess.

Councillor Kate Hollern, leader of the Council, said: “This is a brilliant example of the Your Call campaign in action and I am delighted that these young people have decided to take a stand and say enough is enough.

“People are fed up with irresponsible dog owners failing to do their duty and clean up after their pets.

“It is not only disgusting but a health risk as well.”

To find out more about Dog Solutions contact Stuart Hammond (01254) 585863.

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