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Special event for dog lovers this Saturday in Prudhoe

Dog lovers in the Prudhoe and East Tynedale areas are invited to a special canine gathering this Saturday - at Tyne Riverside Country Park.

At the ‘Green Dog Walkers’ event you will be able to get advice and information about dog ownership, check to make sure that your dog is micro-chipped or get it chipped for free.  There will also be an opportunity to sign up to the Green Dog Walkers campaign.

A group dog walk will start at 12.30pm from near the car park at the country park.

Green Dog Walkers is a scheme which encourages responsible dog ownership.  It is a community-led programme aimed at reducing dog fouling and promoting responsible dog ownership across Northumberland.

Over the summer months the council is running a series of events to promote the scheme, and to provide other information, advice and support to dog owners.

Dog owners are encouraged to join by signing the Green Dog Walkers pledge. Those signing the pledge agree to always clean up after their dog and put the bag in a bin and to use a friendly approach to encourage other dog walkers to do the same.  

Those who sign up are sent a green dog walkers armband to wear when walking their dog to help draw attention to the scheme as well as green doggy bags and pledge leaflets.

Councillor, Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services at Northumberland County Council said: “Dog fouling is one of our top environmental priorities and one of the issues most commonly raised with us by residents.  

“Green Dog Walkers is intended to be a friendly and non-confrontational approach to changing attitudes to the problem of dog fouling.

“It complements other council approaches across the county including issuing fines when irresponsible dog owners are caught allowing their dogs to foul without picking up after them and educational initiatives promoting responsible dog ownership.

"We now have over 1,300 members, and are extremely grateful to all of our Green Dog Walkers for their commitment.”

The next Green Dog Walkers event in the Tynedale area is on Saturday September 1, at the bandstand in Hexham Parks, from 11am to 3pm.  A group dog walk will start from the bandstand at 12.30pm.

If you are interested in becoming a Green Dog Walker, please email greendogwalkers@northumberland.gov.uk, or visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/greendogwalkers
 
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