Dogwatch aims to sniff out crime in south Leeds

Cross Flatts Park’s annual dog show will also see the launch of a new police scheme to encourage dog walkers to report criminal or suspicious behaviour in south Leeds.

West Yorkshire Police’s Dogwatch scheme will launch in Cross Flatts Park on Sunday

Holbeck Neighbourhood Policing Team will be at Sunday’s event to launch Dogwatch, which is aimed at encouraging local residents to report what they see while out walking their four-legged friend – essentially becoming an extra pair of eyes and ears in the fight against crime.

A spokesperson said:

“We have realised that they [dog walkers]  are the ones who are out and about at all times of day and night.  Quite often they are not sure whether the information they have is of any use but it can be the vital ‘piece of the jigsaw’ which helps us bring a criminal to justice.

“A large part of it will also be aimed towards dog welfare so we can send out a message if there is a missing dog and we will also be sending out a newsletter with details of some rescued dogs that Dogs Trust need to re-home.  It will also help us gather information from more people if there are any animal neglect/cruelty cases in the area. “

More details will be available on the day. You will also be able to get your dog chipped for only £6 at the show.

Get ready for a doggone good show on Sunday!

As South Leeds Life reported earlier this week, Sunday’s dog show starts 2.30pm but you can  register your dogs from 1.30pm.

Last year’s event proved incredibly popular, with more than 70 dogs taking part. A band will also be playing at the event.

While we’re on the subject of dogs, it seems appropriate to remind dog owners about our Scoop It Up campaign, which aims to encourage dog owners to be more responsible and to scoop dog muck up after their pets in public places.

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2 Replies to “Dogwatch aims to sniff out crime in south Leeds”

  1. re your scoop it up campaign I think more dog bins should be installed surrounding the park, particularly on Lodge Lane (next to Greenmount school) which seems to be a particularly bad area for dog fouling. Although i doubt the owners are responsible enough to pick it up anyway! I have lived in the area for nearly 10 years and it still amazes me how residents don’t take pride in their own streets but that’s a separate issue!!!!

    1. Quite right Dawn. It’s frustrating how people don’t take a pride in the community they live.

      Imagine how much better things would be if people scopped up after their dogs, didn’t drop litter or just pile stuff up in their bin yards …

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