Ottery group is top dog at Kennel Club awards

PUBLISHED: 16:01 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:25 17 June 2010

THEY came, they scooped, they conquered- Ottery Dogs celebrated bagging a top Kennel Club award last weekend.

THEY came, they scooped, they conquered- Ottery Dogs celebrated bagging a top Kennel Club award last weekend.

The Ottery group, which works to promote responsible dog-ownership, was named Dog Campaigner of the Year at an awards bash in London last Friday.

The prestigious recognition rewards the group's efforts in orchestrating a series of 'poop scoops' in problem areas, collecting 250 bags of mess since October, as well as the production of t-shirts, posters and the creation of a dedicated hotline.

Kennel Club Chairman, Ronnie Irving, hailed the group's good doggy deeds as a "marvellous" example of promoting responsible dog ownership and said: "We thank them for their enthusiasm and dedication and offer our appreciation for helping us make a positive difference for dogs and their owners."

Group representatives Mel Turner and Jeremy Bateson were joined by East Devon dog warden Victoria Hall to collect the gong at Kennel Club headquarters in Piccadilly.

Mrs Turner said: "For those who have helped us over the last few months, this award belongs to you and to all the responsible dog owners in Ottery."

"The word campaigner is not about protesting, it is about campaigning for responsible dog ownership, which is so important to us."

"We need to maintain our work and keep our town clean."

Mr Bateson added: "We're excited about our profile being raised, the fact we are being recognised nationally. Ottery Dogs has grown to more than just original group opposing a dog ban. We can be a model for other towns in trying to clean up. This is a long term thing for us."

The group will be back at work tomorrow for its fourth 'poop scoop' in the Land of Canaan from 10.30am and has set its sights on bagging more dog bins for the town.

Mrs Turner said: "We have the money for a bin in the Millennium field thanks to Ikin & Okenham, EDDC and pledges so far. We have asked the town council to proceed with this on our behalf. and hope to have an answer early next week.


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