County campaign for responsible dog ownership

Walking our streets at the moment, it’s clear we need responsible dog ownership. So we should all welcome a county-wide campaign which will include targeting of particular areas with a mixture of education and enforcement. It also offers a chance to get ahead of changes in the law which are targeted for 2016.

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There will be new temporary signs in target areas to highlight awareness of the problem, events offering free dog microchipping, education sessions in schools, promotion of the green dog walkers’ scheme and a golden ticket competition to reward responsible behaviour.

Neighbourhood wardens and police community support officers will carry out increased patrols and will issue fixed penalty notices to those who fail to pick up after their dog.

The green dog walkers’ scheme, promoted by Durham County Council, aims to change attitudes to dog-fouling in a friendly, non confrontational way. Volunteers will be asked to wear a green dog walkers’ badge and carry waste bags, which can be given out to dog walkers who have forgotten to carry one.

The badge signifies that a walker has taken the pledge to clean up after their pet, while acting as a reminder for others to do the same.

Ian Hoult, neighbourhood protection manager at Durham County Council, said: “We know that the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and that it is a minority of people who don’t clean up after their pet.

“We are determined to tackle the problem of dog mess and take residents’ concerns over the associated health risks and environmental impact very seriously.

“We would urge residents to report dog fouling to us, providing details such as the time, date and location of the incident as well as a description of the dog and owner if possible.

“This information can help neighbourhood wardens take action against those responsible.”

Residents should call 03000 26 1000 or go to  All reports will be treated in confidence.

The campaign runs from Wednesday 6 February to Wednesday 6 March and if you would like to find out more information please go to

A dog microchipping session will be taking place on 9 February: 10.00am – 2.00pm Tesco car park, Delves Lane, Consett


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Owen Temple & Margaret Nealis

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Owen Temple, who has been Consett North's Lib Dem Councillor since 2007, and Margaret Nealis are committed to working for local people in Consett, to make sure that their voice is heard at County Hall. As the county council takes a more and more centralised and "one-size-fits-all" approach, it is more important than ever for Consett to have campaigners who will stand up for this town.


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