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New scheme tackles anti-social behaviour with dogs

A new scheme aimed at reducing intimidating and anti-social behaviour with dogs on London's streets was launched in Brixton. The 'People with Dogs Project', supported by the Mayor of London, brings together three leading animal charities - Battersea Dogs’ & Cats’ Home, The Blue Cross and the RSPCA - with the Greater London Authority, the Metropolitan Police and Wandsworth Council.

A gritty short film produced by the 'People With Dogs Project' was unveiled at the launch as part of an educational pack exploring the issues surrounding dog ownership.

Mark Callis, spokesman for the People With Dogs Project, said: “Too many young people are getting a dog as a status symbol, without the knowledge of how to handle and care for an animal. We hope to influence young people by asking them to think about the responsibilities of dog ownership.”