Paws for thought


Children in the village are being asked to help get the message across that dog owners must pick up any mess left by their pet.

The Parish Council along with community organisations are wanting to raise awareness of the issue which is not only deeply unpleasant, it is dangerous. Whilst rare, contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis – a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness or seizures.

Karen Robinson said "In and around our village, unfortunately you don't have to walk far before you come across a pile on the footpath and for those that take their best friends down the fields for a run, this also needs to be picked up.

"A field is to just a field, it is a crop, be it to feed humans or more so around here, to feed cattle, and if faeces get into their feed then this can cause Neospora caninum which can result in cattle aborting their calves. And for those of you that do 'scoop the poop', please ensure you bin it instead of hanging it on a tree for all to see."

Children are being asked to design a poster that will be put up in and around the village in the most affected areas to help make the reluctant not scoopers, scoop up.

Posters need to be no more than A4 portrait, with the first name of the child and parents contact details on the back.

These can be posted into the Union Club on Stevens Street by Sunday 28th March.

The winning entries will receive Easter goodies and their artwork displayed around the village.

Dog Fouling


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Yvonne Hammond
Monday 8th March 2021 at 7:18 pm
Well said Karen, I thought dog owners were more responsible these days, but I'm constantly seeing dog mess, even in the village on the footpaths outside shops. I've watched people come onto the play area near beech road, with their dogs and just let them off the lead to run around and enivitablely do their dog mess, then walk back off the park without picking up.. our children/ grandchildren come to this play area and park, to play and get some fresh air and exercise and have fun. Not come away with dog mess on their shoes and pushchairs and with their health in jeopardy.. What a good idea to get the children involved with this competition.. hopefully the children will encourage their parents to be more responsible.
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 8th March 2021 at 9:37 pm
I almost got knocked off my feet by a large bounding dog at the weekend in a field near Mobberley last week. I shouted at the owner to call his dog . He did so in a desultory fashion and was quite sulky in response and said his dog was " just being friendly" so not only was he tone deaf he was also signs on on the gates at each end asked owners to keep dogs on leads. Half the field was full of sheep.
Jon Williams
Tuesday 9th March 2021 at 9:16 am
Maybe children could design a poster for "Please put your face mask in a bin - not on the ground"
Duncan Herald
Tuesday 9th March 2021 at 12:50 pm
I walk into the village from time to time and I can't recall seeing any dog poo; funny old world isn't it?
Tony Haluradivth
Tuesday 9th March 2021 at 7:09 pm
Duncan it is also the plastic bags containing muck that people are complaining about. And the bags are EVERYWHERE. Someone with a penchant for bright fluoro yellow dog bags has kindly decorated a couple of trees along Artists Lane recently. I assume they walk their mutt there frequently as there is a grand collection so perhaps look up Duncanbut don't "get one in theye should it fall on you ;) Another Poo bag Fairy has kindly strewn the path coming down from the Edge onto the sloping fields to the Mottram road/Hough Lane crossroad footpath. I think it is getting worse and people as usual are selfish.
You can take 2 thick polythene bags (like the Waitrose type) pop them in your pocket and when Bonzo does his business they can be double bagged in the carrier bags....then there is NO SMELL. Our elderly neighbour used to do this whenever out with her Pug...she was not too proud to scoop, double bag and bring home , she said there was no smell. If just one reckless dog owner was caught and fined say £1000 for chucking their plastic muck in fields or hedgerow it would send a firm message. Why should this be tolerated and allowing your dog to defecate freely in fields where livestock roam is causing a danger to the livestock. If dealing with your defecating dog thoughtfully is too much trouble well you should perhaps not be owning one
Fiona Doorbar
Wednesday 10th March 2021 at 6:36 am
There is an issue up the edge. There is no excuse but a lot of people are disrespectful and with the influx of visitors to the edge at the moment I think the problem has grown. There is a lack of bins up there so perhaps that might help. Having said that , there are no bins in Tatton Park but you don’t see this happening there. Not sure about the connection with open fields tbh ....if there is livestock in a field and you lack recall skills then the dog must be on a lead imo. I have 2 dogs and share the same disgust at people who allow there pooches to make a mess. As I said there are no excuses!

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