Dog owners urged to clean up after pets

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More than 100 pupils have covered the railings outside their school with posters urging people not to leave dog mess on the streets.

The student council at Newton Road Community Primary School, in Rushden, organised a poster competition following complaints about dog fouling outside the school and in neighbouring streets.

They were inundated with more than 100 entries and at the end of last week the posters were attached to the school’s railings.

Student council co-ordinator Tracey Baldridge said: “The pupils should be commended for their hard work – they put a lot of thought into the posters. We hope it raises awareness about the problem. Our school is a very nice place and we want the area around it to be nice too.”

The posters include messages such as Pick It Up, Don’t Be Dirty, Don’t Be Lazy, Keep It Clean and warnings about fines for dog fouling.

Mrs Baldridge said there had been a small improvement since the posters went up.

She added: “You would have to be a very brave person not to clean up after your dog if it’s fouled in front of all those posters. We had really nice feedback from people living in the area while we were putting the posters up. Lots of people came to thank the pupils for what they were doing, they thought it was really nice that we were trying to make things better.”

The project has been praised by East Northamptonshire Council which last month launched its enviro-crime campaign called I Love East Northants – Improving Where You Live, Work and Play.

The council’s head of environmental services Mike Deacon said: “It’s great to see the children taking an active role in improving their area and we fully support their efforts. Dog mess can transmit disease to other dogs and humans so it’s important that owners act responsibly.”