Friday, July 19, 2024

Pooches are the stars of shows in Purfleet and Ockendon

TWO events promoting responsible dog ownership in Purfleet and South Ockendon were very well attended and 77 dogs were micro chipped in total. All the chips were donated by the Dogs Trust with Gemini Kennels providing the chipping, dog tags and some general advice to dog owners. Some breeds of dog even qualified for free spaying and goodie bags containing advice leaflets dog mess bags and dog treats were given out.

Thurrock council’s housing and trading standards teams organised both events which were in direct response to tenant consultation. Many residents in these areas reported to the council that dog fouling on their estates was a major concern.

A number of dogs also participated in the free dog show organised by the Thurrock Dog Training Society with rosettes awarded for a number of categories. The Council’s Community Protection Officers were on hand to help and a resident volunteer from the Purfleet Garrison Community Association provided refreshments and made cakes.

Cllr Val Morris Cook, Portfolio Holder for Housing at Thurrock Council said “I would like to thank all our partners, The Dogs Trust, Gemini Kennels and Thurrock Dog Training Society for giving their time and expertise as well as all the freebies which made these events so successful.

I am sure that by rolling out more events which raise awareness of responsible dog ownership, we will begin to see an improvement on our estates so they can be cleaner and healthier for everyone to enjoy”

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