Pendle Primary school’s class outing to buy ingredients for bread making resulted in a complaint letter to Ribble Valley Borough Council.
Class 54P were prompted to take immediate action after encountering a large amount of dog mess on their walk to Tesco supermarket from the school’s Princess Avenue site.
Class teacher Mrs Rachel Peachey said: “We had been learning about food and baking bread and had decided to make some of our own. What should have been a simple trip to the supermarket was spoilt for the children due to the high levels of dog fouling and we even had to resort to washing their shoes when we returned to school.”
Such was the pupils disgust that they penned a letter to RVBC on their return and as a result, were immediately contacted by the council’s dog warden Ted Kozlowski.
Mrs Peachey continued: “We were really impressed by the council’s fast response – we sent the letter on Friday and were contacted by Ted on Monday, who subsequently came in to see the pupils to discuss their concerns.”
James Russell, RVBC’s head of environmental health commented: “Dog-fouling is consistently identified as one of the main concerns of Ribble Valley residents and we are committed to taking action. We will be undertaking out-of-hours patrols in conjunction with the police to catch the culprits and if dog owners think they can avoid clearing up their pet mess they can think again.
“We would like to thank the pupils of Pendle Primary School for raising this issue and ask any resident with information about dog fouling to contact us in confidence.”
The Dog Fouling of Land Act 1996 requires dog owners to pick up their pet’s mess, with on-the-spot fines of £50 if they don’t and up to £1,000 if taken to court.
Ribble Valley Borough Council issued five on-the-spot fines and 20 informal warnings to dog owners last year.