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Dog walkers urged to PAWS for thought

Dog walkers are being asked to paws for thought when it comes to cleaning up after their pet.

Durham County Council’s countryside rangers, supported by neighbourhood wardens, will be promoting the message to dispose of dog waste in the bins provided at an event at Broompark Picnic Area on Wednesday, 1 June from 10am to 2pm.

A packed day of activities is planned for both pooch and owner.

Watch expert handlers at work as daring dogs tackle an agility course, while smaller jumps will be set up for beginners to test their skills.

Stray Aid will be offering residents free micro-chipping for dogs over the age of 12 weeks as part of the council’s ongoing initiative to reduce the number of lost animals. Dogs must be fully vaccinated if less than six months old.

Additionally, waste bags will be handed out to encourage pet owners to keep the environment clean.

Countryside ranger, Karen Fisher, said: “Dog fouling is an issue at the picnic area and a concern for visitors. We want everyone to know they are welcome at the site but equally we want to remind people of their responsibility to scoop up after a canine companion.

“The roadshow is a chance for dog walkers to come along and have some fun, while at the same time finding out how to play a part in eradicating the problem.”

via Press Release-Durham County Council.

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