WAYWARD dog owners are being urged to clean up after their pets – by children.
Youngsters at Cumberworth First School are so angry at the mess left around the school they have designed posters as constant reminders to clear up.
The problem of dogs fouling the paths and park next to Cumberworth First School has worsened in the last three months, says headteacher Simon Sloan.
Now pupils have designed seven posters appealing for dog owners to clear up after their animals.
Members of the school council – pupils aged six to 10 – have reproduced, laminated and stuck up the posters around the village.
The school is also urging parents and the public to ring a complaint line set up by Kirklees Council.
Mr Sloan said: “Both parents and children have noticed it has got worse.
“There’s a park near the school where the children play and there’s been problems on the grass and the footpaths.
“People just aren’t looking after their dogs.
“We have four – 10-year-olds – some with younger siblings – which makes it all the more dangerous.”
Mr Sloan added: “Because the posters are designed by children, we hope people will think about the impact on the park and the school and the children.
“We hope enough people will use the phone number and the reference number.
“If Kirklees Council receives enough complaints the council will enforce it more robustly.
“We’re telling dog owners to be aware about what they’re doing. Children don’t look down because they’re so young.
“They’re treading it into the school and their homes.
“We have 120 children coming to and from the school and it’s being made a problem by a few dog owners.”
To report dog fouling call Kirklees Council: 01484 414739 and quote reference number 2546040.