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Check before you pet!

Posted: 05/06/2008 18:42:01

"Don't run up to a dog and stroke it" is Stroud District Council's advice to children this summer. In light of some very tragic incidents of dogs attacking, maiming and sometimes killing children, the Council's Animal Welfare team is targeting 6 to 8 year olds with their 'Check Before You Pet' Campaign. The aim is to educate children on how to react if they are under threat from a dog but also advise them against simply running up to a dog and petting it, as children naturally tend to do!

The team will be touring schools around the district throughout June and July before the children break for the summer. Alex Davies, the Council's Animal Welfare Officer said "We felt a real need to get this message across, so we decided to run the promotional event. So many bite incidents involving children and adults can be avoided through proper education. Luckily there are few serious cases locally, but nationally figures are rising and these obviously get highlighted in the press. We wanted to take a positive approach and educate children on how to be safe around dogs but still experience the joy that they can bring us".

Whilst the Council is actively approaching many schools to take part in the promotion, any school that would like a visit should call Alex Davies or Natasha Anderson on 01453 754492 or email alex.davies@stroud.gov.uk

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