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Bexley children encouraged to enter dog fouling poster competition

PUBLISHED: 15:43 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:43 19 March 2013

The nuisance of dog fouling and owners not clearing up after their pets has caused Bexley Council to launch a poster competition to help tackle the problem.

Entrants are being asked to illustrate the message “Clean It Up” in a bid to make dog owners pick up after their pets.

The competition is open to any child in Years 3 to 6, living or attending school in Bexley borough.

All primary schools have been invited to send in entries and adverts are being placed in all Bexley libraries to encourage children to take part.

The winner of the competition will have their poster displayed in more than 50 of the large roadside advertising panels across Bexley for two weeks later in the year and on other promotional material.

Cllr Gareth Bacon, cabinet member for the environment and public realm said: “Dog fouling is an ongoing problem, but one that could easily be prevented. If those responsible are reminded of the consequences, we’re hoping it will have an impact on their behaviour.

“We know it’s the minority of dog owners that are irresponsible, but their actions affect many others.”

Katie Rackstraw, 10, a student at Hook Lane Primary School in Welling, said: “I was just fed up with the people who think it’s ok to leave their dog’s mess everywhere, it’s just horrible!”

The council actively encourages dog owners to act responsibly and clear up after their dogs.

For more information on entering the competition, which ends on April 19, visit www.bexley.gov.uk/dogfouling.

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