A MORPETH schoolgirl has launched a crusade to urge dog owners to clean up after their pets – and parish councillors are also taking action.
Twelve-year-old Jamie Chambers has put posters up near her home in Bullers Green to remind dog walkers that they could face a £1,000 fine if they fail to pick up their pets’ mess.
The Chantry Middle School pupil, who has two dogs of her own, Jack Russell Buddy and springer spaniel-cross-collie Millie, was prompted to take action after becoming fed up of seeing piles on the pavements.
“It is just not nice,” she said.
“I got really sick of it because when I walk Buddy, he is still young and doesn’t know not to go near it so he always runs through it.
“I always pick up after my dogs so I don’t know why other people don’t.
“I think sometimes they don’t think about it. People need to be educated.
“I don’t think people realise they will get fined because there aren’t many notices around, but more people might see my posters.
“My family are proud that I’m trying to do something helpful.”
Meanwhile, Widdrington Station and Stobswood Parish Council has invited the county dog warden to its next meeting to explain how residents can help to tackle the problem.
The action comes after complaints that the situation is worse than ever, even though there are dog waste bins throughout the parish.
Parish Chairman Joe Sennett said: “We need people to get involved and report these things because it is getting worse.
“Most people do pick it up, but it just takes one or two and you have a problem.”
The dog warden will attend the meeting in Widdrington Station Community Centre, Grange Road, on Monday at 6.30pm.