Up to 150 loving dog owners went ‘walkies’ to Calder Holmes Park for the second Hebden’s Happy Hounds event.
Organised by Hebden Royd Town Council and Calderdale Council, in partnership with RSPCA, the event was aimed at promoting responsible dog ownership, and was being held in response to the growing concern surrounding dog fouling and irresponsible owners.
The event was officially opened by Hebden Royd Town Crier Les Cutts and on the Hebden Bridge park was family fun, face painting, balloon making, and ten dogs were micro-chipped by the RSPCA. There were also representatives from Guide Dogs for the Blind, West Yorkshire Animal Emergency Team, Calderdale Dog Wardens, David Evens Dog Training, Calderdale Council and the town council.
The town council’s neighbourhood manager, Emma Green, said: “It went really well. The whole idea was to promote responsible dog ownership and so people were able to come down and talk to the dog wardens and council officers about particular issues. People also had particular training needs which they were able to talk to experts about.
“So overall it was a positive event and we will definitely do it again next year when we will be looking to expand it.”
Emma thanked everyone who turned up, including all the town council’s partners, and said she was looking forward to seeing more people at the event next year.