Campaign continues to clean up

Malcolm Barras, animal welfare officer (with Oscar the dog), Coun Dave Ledger, policy board member responsible for public protection, Ava Moralee, Ava Woodman, Joshua Gilchrist, Christine Ramm, headteacher at Mowbrayy First School, and Ethan Allenby.
Malcolm Barras, animal welfare officer (with Oscar the dog), Coun Dave Ledger, policy board member responsible for public protection, Ava Moralee, Ava Woodman, Joshua Gilchrist, Christine Ramm, headteacher at Mowbrayy First School, and Ethan Allenby.

Pupils have been learning about the health risks of not clearing up dog fouling as part of a county-wide campaign.

Children at Mowbray First School in Guide Post were visited by officials from Northumberland County Council as part of the zero-tolerance ‘don’t stand for it’ initiative.

At a special assembly, the youngsters were told about the health risks associated with dog fouling by animal welfare officer Malcolm Barrass and Coun Dave Ledger, policy board member responsible for public protection.

The campaign will see officers from the council’s public protection service carrying out enforcement operations, with anyone not found cleaning up after their dog facing a fine of up to £1,000.

Coun Ledger said: “We are going to take on the people that ignore the law.

“We will come down hard on people who commit environmental crimes, and we will ensure offenders are fined.

“Animal welfare officers like Malcolm do a great job going into schools to educate children about the responsibilities that go with owning a dog. The pupils have fun learning and hopefully they can go out and engage others in their communities.”