The canine celebrity of the council’s good dog ownership campaign has visited William Stockton School in Ellesmere Port.
Mabel the Newfoundland visited the school as part of the council’s campaign to tackle dog fouling and promote responsible dog ownership. The visit is the first of a series of planned visits.
Executive member for localities, Councillor Lynn Riley, said: “William Stockton School was chosen for Mabel’s first school visit as they are working with us to develop a lesson programme on dog fouling and litter.
“Pupils attended a special assembly to meet Mabel and were asked to spread the word and tell their parents and carers that responsible dog owners always pick up after their pet. Put simply, owners should bag it and bin it - any rubbish bin will do!”
Local ward councillor, Lynn Clare, said: “Officers from the council’s regulatory services and Streetscene teams also explained the real danger behind dog fouling through the toxicara parasite that can cause blindness.”
Year 6 teacher Gemma Forshaw is working with her class on the lesson programme.
She said: “Mabel certainly made a big impact. There were lots of questions for her owner and everyone wanted to meet her. Our lesson programme is coming together well and we’ll be so pleased to see our work used in other schools across the borough.”
The council’s good dog ownership campaign will continue with more school visits and community events planned over the next few months. Hot spot areas are now benefiting from glow-in-the-dark posters to warn offenders they are being watched. Also a Pink Poo toolkit has been developed for communities to get involved in the council’s campaign.
Dog mess is sprayed pink with chalk-based paint to highlight the problem to thoughtless dog owners. Streetscene officers will then clear away the pink problem.
Mabel’s visits can be followed via the council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and the Pink Poo Toolkit is available at: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk .