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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Heartfelt plea from pupils to dog owners

SCHOOLCHILDREN have launched a crusade against dog owners who do not clean up after their pets.

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scoop the poop please: Pupils from St James Infant School have written letters asking for owners to scoop the poop. Pictured are teacher Mrs Emma Butterworth with pupils Corby Rickerby, William Hackett, Lennon McCartney, Harvey Clements and Arman Miah outside their school

By Sarah Robinson

Year 2 pupils from St James’ Infant School, Whitehaven, have written to The Whitehaven News calling on dog owners to be more responsible.

The boys, Adam McAllister, Lennon McCartney, Corby Rickerby, Harrison Clarke, Arman Miah, Harvey Clements and William Hackett, say: “Every Thursday a group of boys go out of school to explore Whitehaven. We write about exciting experiences when we go back to school.

“There is always dog mess on the pavements and the harbour and it spoils our walk. We would like to tell dog owners through your paper to pick it up.”

The main problem areas around the school are High Street and Wellington Row, says Clair Brown, school business manager.

She said: “There is a public park close to the school. A lot of people go past the school on their way to the park. The dog muck is horrendous. We try to clean it up when we can.

“We have some groups of kids who go out on little walks to do inspirational writing. The kids pointed out that the dog muck was all over. People just aren’t picking up after their dogs.”

She said some people let their pets foul outside of the school gates, and surrounding areas, which is trailed into the school.

Have your say

@ andy. Unfortunately our council seems to have abdicated responsibility for catching and prosecuting those committing the inconsiderate actions you mention. If the council does not care about the environmental welfare of the borough then the inconsiderate idiots are given free reign to do what they want. it isn't only dog fouling that's blighting the whole of Copeland there are many other issues the council should address but hoose not to.

Posted by ted on 25 March 2014 at 18:19

You can't keep blaming the council for the inconsiderate actions of a few. There are an adequate amount of bins located around Whitehaven it's just some people are too bone idle or full of their own self importance to pick it up. Simple solution would be to fine and ban offenders from keeping dogs until they are responsible enough to keep them.

Posted by Andy on 24 March 2014 at 19:38

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