HUNDREDS of Wiganers brought their four-legged friends to a responsible dog ownership roadshow in memory of a much missed teenager.
The second Jade’s Campaign event at Pennington Flash in Leigh saw officials from Wigan Council and animal welfare charity Blue Cross give out 195 dog bags to owners who heard about taking proper care of their pets.
It was held in memory of 14-year-old Jade Lomas-Anderson from Atherton, who was mauled to death by a pack of dogs at a house in March, and was backed by her mum and stepdad Shirley and Michael Anderson. Around 30 owners also took the chance to get their animals microchipped for free at the event, which encourages folk to control their dogs’ behaviour.
The Pennington Flash awareness day follows a successful launch event at the Dorset Road Community Centre in Atherton, close to where Jade lived, in September.
The council is now looking to organise further roadshows across Wigan throughout 2014.
Chief executive Donna Hall said: “If a dog isn’t cared for properly they can potentially become dangerous. Around 250,000 people were attacked by dogs last year, and we think this could be significantly reduced.
“Some owners might have difficulty controlling their pet. We want to help them by offering advice and support. We hope this will stop problems arising, which means making sure they get plenty of exercise and food, are kept in an appropriate environment and have clear behaviour boundaries.
“This is a major campaign and we are committed to working with Jade’s family to raise awareness of this issue and do all we can to encourage people to care for their dogs responsibly.”