Dog walkers, be aware: Cessnock Council rangers on poop patrol near Kurri Kurri Public School

AWARENESS: Cessnock Council ranger Melissa Norris, Kurri Kurri Public School principal Eve Eather, Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent and ranger Jessica Coady.

AWARENESS: Cessnock Council ranger Melissa Norris, Kurri Kurri Public School principal Eve Eather, Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent and ranger Jessica Coady.

Rangers will be patrolling the area near Kurri Kurri Public School to make sure pet owners are picking up after their dogs.

The blitz follows a number of recent incidents when dog faeces was left on the footpath near the school.

Cessnock City Council has also installed new signage on the school fences, warning dog walkers of the fines that apply.

Kurri Kurri Public School principal Eve Eather said the signage reinforces the school’s mission statement: ‘Learning, caring and respect for all’.

“(It) will assist our Kurri Kurri community to support our scholars in learning about respecting and caring for the school environment both inside and outside our school fences," Mrs Eather said.

On-the-spot fines are issued for a dog found defecating in a public place, and the owner fails to clean up after the animal.

“Our whole community should be able to enjoy our parks and walkways free from pet droppings, especially around schools where young children are playing and walking,” Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said.

Cr Pynsent said there are a few very important things to remember when in a public space – including a ‘pooch pouch’ (a little bag that attaches to your dog’s leash to store plastic bags or pooper scoopers).

““Before you leave for a walk, check you have a pouch and bags with you so you can take care of any mess your dog leaves behind,” he said.

Free pooch pouches are available from the customer service front desk at council’s administration building in Vincent Street.

HANDY: Bowie, of Quorrobolong, modelling a pooch pouch, which can be used to store plastic bags to scoop your dog's poop.

HANDY: Bowie, of Quorrobolong, modelling a pooch pouch, which can be used to store plastic bags to scoop your dog's poop.

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