A reassuring message is being put out to Colne residents concerned about dangerous dogs or poor dog ownership in their neighbourhood.
Launched by Pendle Council, the police and the RSPCA, the “Saying No to Dangerous Dogs Campaign” aims to alleviate any fears that people may have when it comes to reporting dog issues.
By producing 100 posters and 1000 leaflets, funded by Colne and District Committee, it is hoped it will become clearer who to contact with worries over a dog’s behaviour, or following a dog attack.
According to chairman of Colne and District Committee Coun. Graham Waugh, councillors have recently been “alarmed by the numbers of reports of dog attacks in the town”.
He said: “We’ve listened to residents’ concerns and have been working with the local police to try and encourage anyone who witnesses dog attacks to report them. Reports of such attacks are taken very seriously and there are consequences for the dog owners who don’t keep their pets under control or who train them to fight other animals.”
Sgt Kim De Curtis added: “Colne and West Craven Police are fully behind and supportive of the campaign, in partnership with other agencies, which aims to signpost the public to the correct agency when reporting any dog incidents, therefore reducing any confusion around this issue and speeding up the reporting of incidents and subsequently the dealing of them as well as raising public confidence and awareness.”
And talking at the latest Colne and District Committee meeting, Coun. Joe Cooney said: “It is not easy, and there is no easy answer, but we will continue to try and play our part.”
Pendle Council’s principal localities, communities and policy officer Rebecca Ramsay will be joined by police, RSPCA and the council’s dog warden team on Wednesday, October 30th handing out leaflets to passers-by and dog walkers in Colne town centre.
She said: ““We know that the vast majority of dog owners are very responsible and we’re keen to build on that in Colne.
“This campaign aims to promote responsible dog ownership and give people the information and contacts they need to report anything that goes against that.
“If people have the contacts they need to quickly report their concerns about dogs, then the relevant agency can take action straightaway.”
A free dog microchipping event will also be held on Saturday November 2nd between 10am and 2pm in Primet Community Centre.
Appointments must be booked in advance and dogs must be on a secure lead, over 16 weeks of age and fully vaccinated. They must be brought by someone over the age of 18.
Call 661743 by 3-45pm on Friday, November 1st.