Dog Day Afternoon

We were recently contacted by the Council, asking us to spread the word to Brockley locals that the Lewisham Animal Welfare Service is holding a free microchipping day on Saturday, in partnership with the RSPCA, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and Lewisham Safer Neighbourhood Teams to celebrate the launch of the BARK project.

BARK aims to reduce antisocial behaviour and the mistreatment of dogs. Dog owners will also get a free tag engraved with their details. Dog owners are asked to ring 020 8314 2098 to make an appointment. They will need to bring proof of ownership of their dog and proof of their address, this is open to all Lewisham residents and people can bring as many dogs as they like. The event is being held at the Wearside Service centre from 10.00am -3.00pm.

We're not a dog owner, but we do have to swerve to avoid their mess as we walk down our street. So our first reaction when we got the notice was to ask the BARK team what the Council can do to address irresponsible owners.

This is what they told us:

"We have also held two responsible dog ownership days, one in Crofton Park, the other in Downham.

"On these days our enforcement team, SNT, the graffiti team and ourselves promoted responsible dog ownership, leafleted target streets with information on dog fouling, sprayed stencils in target areas and spoke to dog owners.

"If this is something that your residents would like to happen in their area please let us know, we are hoping to hold one in the Honor Oak Estate area towards the end of November."

If you've seen one of these teams in action in Crofton Park, please let us know how effective you think they were. And if you'd like one to visit your part of Brockley, please post a message here or email us and we'll pass it on.

32 comments:

The Cat Man said...

No Cat tags? Thats discrimination.

Where is the lewisham welfare centre?

Anonymous said...

Look it up yourself, numpty.

Anonymous said...

And how does one prove that they own their dog? Bring a chewed remote control with you?

drakefell debaser said...

On these days our enforcement team, SNT, the graffiti team and ourselves promoted responsible dog ownership, leafleted target streets with information on dog fouling, sprayed stencils in target areas and spoke to dog owners.

I have seen the stencils they use to highlight dog fouling – a luminous yellow dog, squatting over a steaming turd sprayed on to the road or pavement. Very attractive. I presume the ‘graffiti team’ are lending a hand here? I don’t agree with leafleting either, it is a waste of resources just to remind people of the bleeding obvious, if they get read that is. All dog owners know they are meant to clean up after little Timmy but some just can’t be asked. After all if you have your token pit bull or terrier out and about, pulling out a plastic bag and scrapping pooh off the pavement in front of the boys or girls removes the hard core edge you may have hoped to achieve by having a bag of teeth on a lead in the first place.

Mind you, a casual stroll in Paris will do your shoes more harm than it would around Lewisham.

The Cat Man said...

Really? I thoguht Paris had improved, although I havnt been there recently.

The last time I was there I remember the Mayor had a policy to improve the streets, I saw nothing but street cleaner cars for days...

drakefell debaser said...

I was there at New Year and whilst it isn't bad in the centre and around the main attractions, you only have to go into residential parts before it becomes a bit of a slalom.

Anonymous said...

I prefer to let the dog poo stand where it is. Biodegradable and 100% organic, just like the food from your favourite deli.

The Cat Man said...
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Anonymous said...

I was going to comment but really, is there any point? The post tells you all you need to know abut Andy.

Brockley Nick said...

Sweet Zombie Jesus Andy, please do give it a rest. We are well aware of your racist views by now.

Anonymous said...

You were being Blammed? What you do in the privacy of your own home is up to you Cat Man but I don't think that's appropriate in the street.

patrick1971 said...

I should just give the Celia Hammond Animal Trust a plug here (I volunteer for them). They run free neutering and microchipping surgeries for both dogs and cats for those on benefits - check their website for details.

As to proving dog ownership, if you've bought from a breeder or adopted from a shelter, you'll have adoption documents. If the cat has just shown up and you've taken him in, a vist to the vet will give you some form of ownership documentation.

The trouble is, of course, that the antisocial dog owning element will of course have just bought a puppy off the street from some other scummer because they want the dogs to fight. Shelters are reporting cases of dogs being turned in because they aren't aggressive enough.

At the risk of sounding like a snob and a cynic, this sort of session, although well-intended, will do exactly nothing to reduce the problem of aggressive and anti-social dogs, as the people who own them like it like that.

drakefell debaser said...

Sorry Nick, I thought my last comment was close to the wire too. They should develop a font for sarcasm. Zombie jesus indded.

Brockley Nick said...

@DD - I got the point you were trying to make, but since I had to delete the original post, the context was lost...

Anonymous said...

What did catman say, out of interest?

The Cat Man said...

Admittedly I did have second thoughts about posting that comment but it was truthful if nothing else!

I would love to reply to Nick's challenge on the use of the 'r' word but I wont.

Bite the bullet so to speak!

I was reading up on the Celia Hammond trust it is absolutely amazing what they do. Rescued something like 300 cats from the olympic site? Absolutely amazing.

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Anonymous said...

Easier to just concrete them over surely?

drakefell debaser said...

Yeah i can see how my comment would have stuck out like a dogs what’s it..

Patrick, is there a big problem with dog fighting in and around Lewisham? I often see people with fighting breeds but then that’s not to say they are owned for fighting, more as an accessory, like bling. I always end up looking for scars on the dogs body to be sure.

max said...

I was recently told by a Council Officer that's involved with parks the average number of dogs that are abandoned in Lewisham because not aggressive enough.
I can't remember the figure exactly but it was a shocking one, something around 15 dogs a week. I did ask if I was understanding correctly when I heard.

drakefell debaser said...

That is a lot of dogs; even 1 a week in one borough is too much, particularly for such a callous reason as not being aggressive enough. The further issue I suppose is that they become difficult to re home because if they have a history of violence, even a short one, then they are a risk. People looking for a family pet will turn towards the usual suspects – Retrievers etc. so I would imagine a lot of these dogs are destroyed if there is no funding to look after them long term. Some people are abhorrent.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see the survey that produced the statistics to back up the figure of dogs that "aren't aggressive enough" - sounds like a very dodgy statistic. Did the abandoners fill out a form, or was this made up?

drakefell debaser said...

No survey was mentioned. Honest. Read it again. Better?

Anonymous said...

Exactly my point - which makes me seriously question how you arrive at the figure of 15 dogs, per week, abandoned for that reason. Who's doing the asking and who's responding? Surely dogs found abandoned are just that...

drakefell debaser said...

Hang about, Max has said his information came from a Council Officer and he clearly states he can’t remember the exact figure but it was high. I was responding to that post and I don’t need to read a spreadsheet filled with facts and figures to realise there is a problem as this issue has been raised and covered on national TV along with several documentaries on dog fighting.

Its not the numbers that matter it is the fact that it is happening.

nobbly brick said...

I wonder if Portland bookmakers would accept a bet on the outcome of a dog fight?

Did they say they catered for all?

Anonymous said...

Or how about a dog turd-themed "spot the ball" competition?

max said...

How do you do the smiley with the rolling eyes?

fabhat said...

Not in Brockley, one Christmas my Dad and I sprayed all the dogshit gold in a nearby street with the worst problem.
We thought it was a kindly thing that might stop people starting their christmas with a foot full of poo...

Anonymous said...

Only the public sector could dream up an idea where the temporary issue of biodegradable dogpoo is combatted by the permanent spraypaint of a picture of a dog doing one...

CarolineLD said...

Yes, I always thought the graffiti team was there to remove it rather than paint it...

Brockley Kate said...

I've just rescued a stray cat from my street, took him to Celia Hammond for treatment and was very impressed by the place. They are sadly overwhelmed with strays and do a sterling job.

(And therefore the cat I've rescued doesn't seem to be going anywhere for the time being ....)

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