DOG walkers across County Durham are signing up a growing network of responsible pet owners.

More than 1,000 people have joined the Green Dog Walkers Scheme and pledged to always pick up after their dogs to help keep the county clean and safe.

Recent campaigns to promote responsible dog ownership in West Cornforth, Great Lumley and Fence Houses resulted in 49 dog owners joining the scheme, 79 dogs being microchipped and a number of community awareness-raising initiatives taking place.

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Three ‘golden ticket’ winners from each area also received a £25 shopping vouchers as a reward for picking up after their pets.

Durham County Council worked with schools, Stray Aid Kennels and Deerness Kennels on the campaigns.

For more about the Green Dog Walkers Scheme call the council’s Civic Pride Team on 03000 26 1000 or e-mail Information is also available at