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Findochty kids in 'bin the dog poo' plea


By Alan Beresford

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FINDOCHTY'S younger citizens are leading the way in the campaign against the dog mess which has been blighting the village.

Marina Wallace (right) pictured here with her letter to the community, is joined by classmates in reinforcing the Pick It Up, Bag It, Bin It message.
Picture: Eric Cormack
Marina Wallace (right) pictured here with her letter to the community, is joined by classmates in reinforcing the Pick It Up, Bag It, Bin It message. Picture: Eric Cormack

Pupils at the village's primary school have decided to act after being left appalled at the extent of the dog mess in and around Findochty, something which has increased during the last few months of lockdown.

Headteacher Dawn Thompson said: "Due to Covid restrictions our PE sessions are being held outdoor at the moment and classes have been out walking around the village, along the line and making use of the fantastic outdoor spaces we have in Findochty.

"Unfortunately, to their dismay, they have ‘fallen’ into a rather smelly and disgusting problem blighting our community.

"A few years ago pupils ran a very successful Pick It Up, Bag It, Bin It campaign around the village but we have to say that this message seems to have been forgotten lately. We know that in these strange and unprecedented times having a dog to walk and getting out there in the fresh air is really beneficial to your mental health however, our pupils are really unhappy about state of our surrounding area."

In line with the school's award-winning commitment to citizenship and environmental protection, rather than merely complain the youngsters have decided to take the lead and do something practical.

One of the pupils, Marina Wallace, has written an open letter to the community urging dog owners to be responsible while out walking their pets while the message has been further reinforced by our Findochty Primary kids who have designed special artwork to run alongside the campaign.

In her letter young Marina talks about not only the unsightliness of dog mess but also the many health hazards associated with it.

She concludes: "It is up to you to make a difference!

"Picking up poop is important but not just putting it in a bag and then dropping it back at the

side but, put the bags in the bin! If you don’t have any on your walk, just ask another dog walker.

"If you just leave it there and you get caught, you shall be fined £80!

"Please put your poo in a bin, if there is no special dog bin then put it in an ordinary bin. I understand that some other people don’t do it, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. It is the same rules for everyone.

"You must pick up that poo no matter what just Pick it up, Bag it, Bin it!"



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