Council takes the lead in looking out for dogs

PUBLISHED: 15:30 07 March 2015

The front cover of The Daily Wag

The front cover of The Daily Wag

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The council’s environmental health team has put together a new publication covering many aspects of dog ownership.

Jill Wheller, environmental health officer (centre), presenting cheques for £800 each to Sharon Pavey (right) of Ferne Animal Sanctuary and Crystal Scott, Manager of ARC Animal Rescue Centre.Jill Wheller, environmental health officer (centre), presenting cheques for £800 each to Sharon Pavey (right) of Ferne Animal Sanctuary and Crystal Scott, Manager of ARC Animal Rescue Centre.

A dogged determination to encourage responsible pet ownership has led East Devon District Council to publish a canine newsletter.

Following a series of annual dogs’ days out, where owners and their best friends could enjoy a social gathering whilst learning more about getting the most from their pets, the council’s environmental health team has put together a new publication covering many aspects of dog ownership.

And to celebrate the launch of The Daily Wag, the council has donated some of the proceeds of the doggie events to two charities that care for and re-home unwanted animals.

Last week, cheques for £800 were presented to representatives of Ferne Animal Sanctuary, at Wambrook, and ARC Animal Rescue Centre in Ottery St Mary.

The Daily Wag newsletter contains essential information for anyone who owns a dog – or is contemplating getting one.

There are reminders that there is a lot to think about when you decide to share your home with a dog – not only whether you are able to give the commitment required but also what size and breed of dog is most suitable for your family and lifestyle. There is also essential information about obedience training, feeding and exercise, pet insurance, leaving animals alone at home or in hot cars, collars, tagging and chipping and, of course, the perennial issue of fouling pavements and public places. The Daily Wag is available from a number of outlets throughout the district – or it can be posted or emailed by applying through the council’s website.

Recommending the newsletter to all the district’s dog owners, Councillor Iain Chubb, cabinet member for environment, said: “Everyone’s pet hate is dog mess. Whilst we provide facilities for owners to bag up the mess and put it in bins that we empty, the weak link in the chain is the irresponsible dog owner.

“The newsletter says thanks to those who do pick up and reminds those who don’t that they should be doing so.”


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