Pupils launch campaign to banish bad dog owners

Children from Ansdell primary school  have designed their own posters as part of a campaign to raise awareness of all the dog dirt found on footpaths on their way to school and on their fields.'L-R Lauren Burnett, Sienna Mills and Martha Cairns.
Children from Ansdell primary school have designed their own posters as part of a campaign to raise awareness of all the dog dirt found on footpaths on their way to school and on their fields.'L-R Lauren Burnett, Sienna Mills and Martha Cairns.
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Children fed up with dogs fouling on the pavements they use to get to school have launched a campaign to tackle the blight.

Teachers and pupils from Ansdell Primary School decided to take action after paths and streets around the school became an unwanted obstacle course for those walking or cycling.

In a survey carried out by staff over one day, 20 instances of dog fouling were found on the streets surrounding the Lansdowne Road school.

This has led to the school setting up its own Pick up the Poo campaign to raise awareness of the issue and stop dog owners acting irresponsibly.

Sukie Woodhouse, a school governor, is at the forefront of the campaign to clear the pathways and remove the unsightly mess which hundreds of parents and pupils are faced with every day.

She said: “We went out and found two bags were thrown over a hedge next to the school and three bags were near a path to the nursery.

“People just pull up in their car and let their dogs out off the leash without any care.”

The campaign has seen pupils of all ages design posters which will be placed around the school grounds and paths to encourage dog walkers to clean up their dog’s mess.

Mrs Woodhouse is hopeful the children’s hard-hitting messages will have an impact.

She added: “We feel that if the children say this and act upon it, then it will have more impact on the dog owners.”