Furry face of Paws and Pick it Up anti-dog fouling campaign revealed

After weeks of frenzied voting the furry face of our Paws and Pick it Up responsible dog owner pledge has been chosen!

Husky Lola received more than 420 votes in the final of our competition, which started back in July when our Don’t be a Waster – Reduce, Reuse, Respect campaign focussed on the issue of dog fouling.

More than 60 dog owners pledged to be responsible dog owners and entered their dogs in our competition to find the face of our campaign – and win prizes kindly donated by Jollyes Pet Superstore.

After seven weeks of voting - with more than 1,300 votes cast, nine dogs made it through to the final week of voting on our Facebook page. Overall a huge 1,240 votes were cast but Lola was the overall winner.

Owner Danielle Sheldon commented, “My daughters, Keeley and Brooke, were really excited when Lola won and we’re over the moon that she’ll be the face of this campaign.

“Lola is a rescue dog who has lived with us for over a year. She is a big friendly giant and makes friends wherever we go.”

Phil Carswell, from Jollyes said, “We’re delighted that Lola is the winner of this competition and hope that she enjoys all the treats donated by Jollyes.

“We hope the campaign has reminded everyone to be responsible dog owners and always pick up after their pet.”

Cllr Richard Musgrave, Executive member and lead councillor with responsibility for housing, leisure, health and culture, commented, “Congratulations to Lola. I’m delighted that there has been such an overwhelming response to the competition – with more than 1,300 votes to choose the finalists over seven weeks and 1,240 in the final week of voting alone.

“It’s been a great, fun way to remind all everyone that there are no excuses – dog fouling is disgusting – if you have a dog, it’s your job to pick up after it. That way we can all go for a walk in our local parks, green spaces and footpaths without having to step around piles of dog mess.”