Leigh schoolgirl Melieha Blackstock designed poster at the Deanes School in Thundersley

Meleiha's worldwide poster hit: Deanes pupil's warning goes viral

Meleiha's worldwide poster hit: Deanes pupil's warning goes viral

First published in Echo News

A LEIGH schoolgirl has become an internet hit with the poster she designed, warning dog owners about the danger of leaving pets outside shops.

Melieha Blackstock, 12, of Fleming Crescent, came up with the poster to remind owners their dogs were at risk of being taken and used as bait in dogfights.

By yesterday, her image had been shared by more than 13,000 users on the Facebook social networking website. It has also enjoyed widespread coverage on the Twitter website after being retweeted by radio and television host James Whale.

Melieha, a pupil at Deanes School, Thundersley, has also asked supermarket chains Tesco and Sainsbury’s and convenience store group Londis, if they will display her poster.

Mum, Julie, said her daughter had long been passionate about animal welfare.

She added: “It’s really blown up. It seems to be an issue close to people’s hearts. We’ve had people from pet shops and vets from around the world sharing the poster, and Dogs Today magazine said it might even write an article on her.

“She was quite shocked at the response.

It’s beyond anything she thought would happen.

“It’s absolutely brilliant, and great the younger generation is inspired to look after animals better. Melieha is a good role model for her age group.”

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2:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

VanRes says...

Well done Melieha, a future career in advertising l feel.
Well done Melieha, a future career in advertising l feel. VanRes
  • Score: 11

2:32pm Thu 6 Feb 14

ColonelSpiffSpaff says...

But it doesnt happen though, its a complete myth perpetuated by stupid papers like this
But it doesnt happen though, its a complete myth perpetuated by stupid papers like this ColonelSpiffSpaff
  • Score: -11

4:06pm Thu 6 Feb 14

isisplantagenet says...

Its now had over 16,500 shares and Vets and Pet Shops have asked to use it. This is a very real problem. 54% of dogs stolen are never returned to their owner. Its not worth the risk
Its now had over 16,500 shares and Vets and Pet Shops have asked to use it. This is a very real problem. 54% of dogs stolen are never returned to their owner. Its not worth the risk isisplantagenet
  • Score: 4

4:46pm Thu 6 Feb 14

DenJo24 says...

While ignoring the attention seeking comment posted above I can only commend this young lady for attracting so much attention to a very real issue. Pet Theft Awareness week runs from 14-21 March this year
While ignoring the attention seeking comment posted above I can only commend this young lady for attracting so much attention to a very real issue. Pet Theft Awareness week runs from 14-21 March this year DenJo24
  • Score: 5

5:37pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

You can't leave anything outside anywhere these days, not unless it's nailed down.
You can't leave anything outside anywhere these days, not unless it's nailed down. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -3

6:19pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

isisplantagenet wrote:
Its now had over 16,500 shares and Vets and Pet Shops have asked to use it. This is a very real problem. 54% of dogs stolen are never returned to their owner. Its not worth the risk
Liked and shared on FB
[quote][p][bold]isisplantagenet[/bold] wrote: Its now had over 16,500 shares and Vets and Pet Shops have asked to use it. This is a very real problem. 54% of dogs stolen are never returned to their owner. Its not worth the risk[/p][/quote]Liked and shared on FB Living the La Vida Legra
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