Meet Reading’s animal warden at Whitley Wood Rec on 25 July

An American foxhound and a black Labrador retriever playing with a stick. Photo: Peter Wadsworth, via Wikimedia Commons.

Reading’s animal warden Lisa Clements is on a tour of the town this summer. She will be at Whitley Wood Recreation Ground, on Basingstoke Road, at midday on Wednesday 25 July to give advice and support to pet owners and to increase awareness of the problem of dog fouling.

The animal warden ensures anti-fouling signs are visible in parks and open spaces, but dog fouling consistently ranks highly in residents’ environmental concerns and Reading Borough Council runs a campaign to tackle this anti-social problem every year.

People who fail to pick up their dog’s mess can get a £75 fixed penalty notice, and non-payment can result in prosecution and a fine of £1000.

The animal warden will also offer advice on dog microchipping and the problem of straying, and people who attend can pick up free stickers, frisbees and dog poo bags.

The animal warden will visit several locations in town at 12 noon each day:

  • Wednesday 11 July at Victoria Recreation Ground, Tilehurst,
  • Thursday 19 July at Linear Park, Southcote,
  • Wednesday 25 July at Whitley Wood Recreation Ground,
  • Thursday 2 August at Bugs Bottom, Caversham.