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Copeland Mayor presents prizes to winner of dog fouling poster competition

L-R: Mia Todd, Mike Starkie and Keisha Pettigrew
L-R: Mia Todd, Mike Starkie and Keisha Pettigrew

[T]he Mayor of Copeland visited Thornhill Primary School today (Thursday, July 21) to congratulate pupils and present prizes to the winner of the ‘CBC Dog Mess Quest’ poster competition.

Keisha Pettigrew, 11, won 1st prize after competing with over a hundred local schoolchildren to create the best poster for the campaign. Keisha was praised by Mayor of Copeland Mike Starkie for her hard work, and presented with an art pack and an annual pass to The Beacon Museum. Keisha’s poster will also be blown up and printed on to a council refuse vehicle, helping promote the dog fouling campaign for years to come.

Mia Todd, 10, won 2nd prize and received a day pass to The Beacon Museum and an art pack.

Winning poster
Winning poster

The pupils designed ‘hard-hitting posters’ to raise awareness of the problems surrounding dog mess, after borough councillors gave short assemblies about the detrimental effects of dog-fouling.

Ruth Collie, senior teacher at Thornhill Primary School, said: “We were surprised how many of our pupils have dogs at home, so this campaign was great to help teach the children about the dangers of dog mess. Following the work with Copeland Council, they are now more aware of the importance of ‘picking up the poop, and binning the bag’, and the benefits this has on the environment.

“We are absolutely delighted that Keisha has won the competition. We are looking forward to seeing her poster being used to help promote the campaign.”

Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, said: “Copeland continuously experiences difficulty around the concerns of dog fouling. I would like to thank all the schools for getting involved in this campaign and working with the council to promote responsible dog-ownership.

“It was a tough decision to choose an overall winner as all entries were excellent. It has been brilliant to see every child engaged and clearly concerned about this important issue. I would like to thank all the pupils who submitted posters for all their hard work and enthusiasm, and especially well done to Mia for coming 2nd, and Keisha for being chosen as overall winner.

“Keisha’s poster cleverly highlights the key messages about dog fouling. It was carefully thought out and presented beautifully.

“The majority of dog owners in Copeland do behave responsibly, by both caring for pets and fulfilling their legal and moral obligations. However, the same cannot be said of a small minority of owners whose behaviour is at best irresponsible and at worst, antisocial and in some instances, risks the health of our children.

“I hope this campaign makes a positive impact on residents, helps to reduce the amount of dog fouling in Copeland and assists in keeping our borough clean and tidy all year round.”

If you would like to find our more information regarding the issue of dog fouling, please visit or call us on 01946 598300.

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