A DOG safety initiative has been launched in memory of a schoolgirl mauled to death.
The Be Safe With Dogs education programme - part of the legacy of tragic Jade Anderson - aims to ensure that every local primary school pupil is protected as best as possible from dangerous pets and will be rolled out across the borough over the coming year.
The initiative, which is being delivered by the Blue Cross pet charity in conjunction with the council, held its first sessions this week - just over 12 months after Jade tragically lost her life following an attack by a pack of dogs at a friend’s home in Atherton.
Jade’s mum Shirley and stepfather Michael - who attended the launch at Atherton St Richard’s RC Primary - have been working tirelessly to promote responsible dog ownership and safety as part of Jade’s Campaign ever since.
Michael believes it is vital to educate young people about this subject and help prevent such tragedies recurring.
He said: “We really hope that schools and organisations will take part. The sessions can be delivered in just 20 minutes and will provide vital information for children and their parents.
“Over 200,000 people are involved in dog attacks every year and through this programme we hope to make a real difference as part of Jade’s legacy.”
The head at St Richard’s, Dawn Nulty, said: “Safety messages for our children are really important, particularly as we approach the school holidays when our pupils might be spending more time with their pets.”
Be Safe with Dogs aim to teach children about dogs’ body language and how to approach and behave around them to stay safe.
Blue Cross Education Officer Paul Hodson said: “Sadly, it is often children who are the victims of dog attacks and most incidents occur in the home. We really hope this education initiative will make a real difference by teaching families how to behave with their pets.”
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