A Cardiff arts charity has scooped up a smelly issue: dog fouling.
People Around Here are working with groups in Adamsdown, Canton and Riverside to campaign for residents to clean up dog mess.
Adamsdown Communities First and Cardiff South West Neighbourhood Management have created a campaign with People Around Here that encourages people to be responsible owners and report dog fouling.
The campaign toured seven primary schools with Megan — a chocolate Labrador, and the star of the anti-dog fouling campaign. The interactive assemblies featured singing, live art, two dogs and an air guitar.
Through music and art, nearly 2,000 pupils learnt about the dangers of dog mess, the penalty for leaving it around, and how to deal with it and be responsible dog owners.
After the assembly performances, pupils participated in cartoon workshops. They created comic strips based on stories about Megan’s overwhelming desire for food, which keeps getting her into trouble.
More than 400 pupils took part in the competition to create the best comic strip. Winners were picked from each of the schools:
Today, the group has been distributing leaflets in the areas.
Here are some top tips for dealing with dog mess:
- Be responsible. pick up after your own dog, EVERY time.
- If you witness someone not cleaning up their dog’s mess, report it! Call C2C on 029 2087 2087 (Cymraeg – 02920 2087 2088).
- Enforcement Officers are in your area. You could pay a £75 on-the-spot fine if you don’t clean up after your dog. You could even end up in court.
Anyone interested in bringing this campaign to their area can contact People Around Here at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07989713696.