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Dog group for Plaistow pet owners reaches 150 members and gains backing of Newham Council

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 September 2018

Lorna Maffei, the co-founder of Plaistow Dog Community, with her crossbreed Baloo. Picture: Plaistow Dog Community

Lorna Maffei, the co-founder of Plaistow Dog Community, with her crossbreed Baloo. Picture: Plaistow Dog Community

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A Facebook group for dog owners from Plaistow is celebrating reaching more than 150 members.

An owner and his rather reluctant dog at the picnic in July. Picture: Plaistow Dog CommunityAn owner and his rather reluctant dog at the picnic in July. Picture: Plaistow Dog Community

The Plaistow Dog Community was set up in February by Lorna Maffei and Rachel Mullaney, as an educational and social tool for dog owners in Newham.

The group gained the backing of Newham Council and their volunteer organising team and now has 157 members.

“The group has been growing and has proved extremely successful in bringing people together,” said Lorna, who moved to Plaistow from Italy last year.

“Since its beginning in February, it now has 157 members in the Facebook group and on our last monthly group walk we had 30 dogs with their owners and families.”

Dog owners at the group dog walk in Bromley-by-Bow in August. Picture: Plaistow Dog CommunityDog owners at the group dog walk in Bromley-by-Bow in August. Picture: Plaistow Dog Community

The Recorder first reported on Lorna in March, when her crossbreed, Baloo, was attacked by an un-muzzled pitbull. Baloo was left with a missing tooth, head wound and gashes in his mouth and neck. Lorna was determined to expand the group, to educate dog owners on properly looking after their pets.

“It has attracted dog lovers - both owners and non-owners - of all backgrounds from all over Newham,” she said.

“We sometimes have people travel to our events from different boroughs of London.”

The group does monthly group walks and events, including a first aid course for dogs and picnics. It’s also applied for a grant to begin a series of events promoting the importance of training your dog.

A reward after the group walk in August. Picture: Plaistow Dog CommunityA reward after the group walk in August. Picture: Plaistow Dog Community

Click here to join the group.

Around 30 dogs and their owners attend the monthly group walks - although some take walking less seriously than others. Picture: Plaistow Dog CommunityAround 30 dogs and their owners attend the monthly group walks - although some take walking less seriously than others. Picture: Plaistow Dog Community

A first aid course for dogs at Plaistow Library in June. Picture: Plaistow Dog CommunityA first aid course for dogs at Plaistow Library in June. Picture: Plaistow Dog Community

Owners learnt about the proper ways to care for their pets in emergency situations and were given a certificate at the end. Picture: Plaistow Dog CommunityOwners learnt about the proper ways to care for their pets in emergency situations and were given a certificate at the end. Picture: Plaistow Dog Community

At the end of the first aid course, dog owners received a certificate. Picture: Plaistow Dog CommunityAt the end of the first aid course, dog owners received a certificate. Picture: Plaistow Dog Community

The group sometimes does free giveaways from pet product manufacturers. Picture: Plaistow Dog CommunityThe group sometimes does free giveaways from pet product manufacturers. Picture: Plaistow Dog Community

The Plaistow Dog Community was set up to bring together dogs and their owners in Newham. Picture: Plaistow Dog CommunityThe Plaistow Dog Community was set up to bring together dogs and their owners in Newham. Picture: Plaistow Dog Community

The community had a homemade items stand at The Plaistow Festival in July. Picture: Plaistow Dog CommunityThe community had a homemade items stand at The Plaistow Festival in July. Picture: Plaistow Dog Community

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