‘Cooper the Dog’ is the name of Reading Borough Council’s new animal warden mascot after young people were tasked with raising awareness of dog fouling in the town.
Over 100 children across the Borough took part in the competition to “Name the Animal Warden’s Dog”. The winner would see their chosen name included on all of the dog warden’s merchandise including Frisbees, poo bags and keyrings, which are then handed out to encourage dog owners to clear up after their dogs.
The winning name, Cooper, was chosen by Felix Cooper, aged nine, who has also won himself a cuddly toy. He was presented with his prize by the Mayor at his school, The Hill Primary School, on Wednesday 19 July.
Reading Mayor’s Cllr Rose Williams said:
“I was absolutely delighted to present Felix with his cuddly toy for coming up with a name for the dog warden’s mascot. Cooper the new mascot will now help the animal warden in raising awareness of the anti-fouling campaign and encourage dog owners to clear up after their dogs.”
Dog waste should be collected in a disposable bag and can be disposed of in any waste bin. People can report dogs mess via the Love Clean Reading App: loveclean.reading.gov.uk/reports.
Cllr Liz Terry, Lead Member for Neighbourhood Services, said:
“Dog fouling remains a big concern for Reading residents, and I welcome the awareness campaign by the animal warden and the work that neighbourhood groups are doing to tackle the issue. I would encourage everyone to use the Love Clean Reading app to report issues of dog fouling as well as other environmental issues.”
The Animal Warden deals with all stray, lost and found dogs in Reading. She is also responsible for dealing with dog on dog attacks and instances of dog fouling, as well as the licensing of pet shops, dog home boarders, kennels, breeders, and catteries.