203Efforts to tackle dog fouling will be at the forefront of a campaign taking place in the Dawdon area of Seaham.

Durham County Council’s responsible dog ownership campaign will involve assemblies at Ropery Walk Primary School on Thursday 12 November and at Seaham Trinity Primary School on Monday 16 November.

Large signs will also be put up temporarily to advise people how to report dog fouling and residents will be asked to complete a survey on the issue.

There will be a free microchipping event on Monday 30 November, 11am-2pm, at Dawdon Community Centre in Queen Alexandra Road.

Dogs must be over 12 weeks old and have up-to-date injections. Dog owners will also be able to join the Green Dog Walkers scheme.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, Durham County Council, said: “We run a number of campaigns throughout the county to educate people about the importance of being a responsible dog owner and we are delighted to be visiting Seaham on this occasion.

“We would encourage owners to make sure they come along to the free microchipping event and to sign up to the Green Dog Walkers scheme to demonstrate their commitment to responsible dog ownership.”

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To report dog fouling visit www.durham.gov.uk/dogfouling or call 03000 261 000. For more information about the Green Dog Walkers scheme visit www.durham.gov.uk/greendogwalkers or call 03000 261 000.