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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Dog Fouling

Street Scene Officers from Fenland District Council were invited to Alderman Jacobs School to speak to their assembly about the small minority of irresponsible dog owners who fail to clear up after their dogs, this followed on from upset and annoyed parents who contacted both FDC and the school regarding their children who, while walking to and from school, were having to dodge the dog mess left behind and some had got this on their shoes and were carrying it into school and home.

The students were invited to  get involved in a poster completion which will be judged and the winning poster will be displayed around Whittlesey in the next coming week, this is one way Fenland District Council is getting the community on board to help tackle  this issue and hopefully these posters will prick the conscience of the few dog owners who refuse to take responsibility for their dogs.

Look out for these posters which are displayed around Whittlesey !

Read more: Dog Fouling

Dog Theft

Dog theft is on the rise, and as such, Neighbourhood Watch and Dogs Trust are urging the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. In 2016 alone, nearly 1,800 instances of dog theft were reported to police forces across England and Wales. Information obtained by Dogs Trust through a Freedom of Information request also reveals that gardens, closely followed by the home, are the most common areas from which dogs were reported stolen.

Any kind of theft is distressing, but when a dog is stolen,  the experience can be even more distressing as many consider their dog is a part of the family.

The most common breed of  dog reported as stolen is the Staffordshire Bull-terrier, followed then by the Jack Russell, Chihuahua and the Bulldog. But Dogs Trust warns that any dog, whatever the breed, is at risk of theft if left unsupervised.

Your dog can be kept much safer by making small changes to the garden and the home, and by registering to a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme. When it comes to garden security aim to keep the dog in, but keep thieves out!

Dogs Trust advises never to leaving your dog unattended, and has put together the following advice on how to help protect your dog from the risk of theft and what to do should the worst happen.

Whether you own a dog or not, intruders should not be able to access your garden or property.

More advice is available: 

Protecting your dog against theft on the the Blue Cross site

The Pets Bureau site is also full of helpful ideas.

What to say to someone who has lost a pet

Our pets give us love, companionship, joy and comfort so it’s therefore no surprise that when a pet is no longer part of their owner’s life – whether due to death, being lost or needing to be rehomed – people can experience the same level of grief as they would at the death of a close relative.

Unfortunately, not everyone understands this grief, and it can be a very lonely experience without the right support. It is also difficult to know what to say to someone you know in this situation.

There are simple things that friends and family can do to help others when they are grieving for a pet on the Blue Cross site here.