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Batley primary school students say dog owners must “clean up their act”

Pupils from a primary school in Batley are calling for dog owners to "clean up their act" by picking up dog mess from the streets.

Pupils in years three and six at Healey Lane Junior School, Batley are calling out local dog owners for not taking responsibility for their dogs by allowing them to roam off leads and not clearing up after them.

Two public space protection officers from Kirklees Council recently visited the school.

The children in the school designed posters to put up around the school to deter dog owners from leaving their pet’s mess behind.

The officers talked about problems with dog owners close to the school which resulted in a competition in which the pupils created dog-fouling and dogs-off-lead posters.


The children produced some fantastic artwork.

The best of which will be turned into professionally produced signs with the aid of Kirklees Council’s graphics department.

Colin Parr, strategic director for environment and climate change at Kirklees Council, said: “We are hoping that dog owners in the area will listen to the voices of the children that are affected most by their irresponsible behaviour.

“An off-lead dog can be very frightening to a small child.

The winning designs will be made into professional signs to be displayed around the school.

“These children are having to try to avoid stepping in dog mess every day they go to school because of the actions of a small minority of dog owners.

“You can see from the designs how strongly the children feel about the issue too.

“It was difficult choosing the winners, but out of more than 60 we managed to pick 12 who all received a prize from our Batley area ranger.”

The four selected designs will be displayed as signs on lampposts close to the school and Healey Community Centre in the hope that dog owners will take notice and clean up their acts.

Anyone spotting dog fouling taking place or wanting to report an incident can do so by visiting the Kirklees Council website, here.

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