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Hockley Heath campaign against dog mess

CHILDREN in Hockley Heath are sending a strong message to dog-walkers who don’t clean up after their pet.

CHILDREN in Hockley Heath are sending a strong message to dog-walkers who don’t clean up after their pet.

Last month we reported how parish councillor Tracie Pal had launched a crusade against dog fouling in the village.

In the past six weeks she has sprayed more than 100 piles of mess with brightly-coloured paint - quite literally highlighting the problem.

Now the qualified childminder has enlisted the help of the youngsters she looks after to shame those who are shirking their responsibilities.

The children have prepared posters to deter dog-walkers from leaving the mess.

One of her helpers, nine-year-old Georgia Raybone, said: “They’re naughty, dog poo can blind people.”

And Bethany Ash, also aged nine, added: “It’s very unkind, they are endangering kids, I feel disappointed in them.”

Coun Pal explained she wanted pet-owners to clean up their act - and the village’s recreation ground.

“We certainly don’t want it being used as a doggy toilet,” she said.

“The purpose of spraying the poo was to make people more aware of the situation and make it brighter for kids.”

The campaign in Hockley Heath is part of a growing backlash against dog-fouling across the borough.

Last week we reported that residents were kicking up a similar stink about problems near Chapel Fields Junior School, in Olton.

 

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