New era as dog warden service goes in-house

Dog warden Rachel Thomson with district council portfolio holder for Environmental Health Malcolm Chandler.

Dog warden Rachel Thomson with district council portfolio holder for Environmental Health Malcolm Chandler.

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Animal lovers have the chance to meet the district’s dog warden at the start of a new era for the service.

South Holland District Council has brought its dog warden service in-house to make it more efficient and cost-effective.

Rachel Thompson, who has been the council’s contracted dog warden for more than ten years, is offering residents the chance to meet her and get advice on dog ownership when she has a stall at Spalding Market on Tuesday, November 5, from 9.30am to 3pm.

Rachel said: “I’m looking forward to working for the council directly. Part of my role will be to increase education about responsible dog ownership and I’ll be visiting schools, parish councils and local community groups.”

The warden’s main role is to respond to reports of stray dogs within the district.

To help dogs be quickly reunited with their owners, the district council is encouraging more people to have their pets microchipped.

The dog warden is also responsible for the enforcement of fouling issues and in the coming months Rachel will be patrolling known hotspots in South Holland.

She will also be giving advice to dog owners about noise from barking.

Coun Malcolm Chandler, portfolio holder for Environmental Health, said: “Bringing the dog warden service in-house will allow us to provide an improved service to the community in a more cost-effective way.

“Rachel will continue doing the fantastic job she has done for more than ten years and is keen to share her knowledge with many more residents in the district.

Anyone wanting advice or further information on the dog warden services should call 01775 761161 or email DogWarden@sholland.gov.uk.