South Holland dog service scoops award

Dog warden Rachel Thompson with Coun Malcolm Chandler and a stray ANL-150929-114032001
Dog warden Rachel Thompson with Coun Malcolm Chandler and a stray ANL-150929-114032001

The dedicated work of council staff who rescue and re-home stray dogs across the district has been recognised with a prestigious award.

South Holland District Council recently won a Silver RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprint Award – 12 months after being awarded a Bronze accolade under the same scheme.

The award is for the council’s stray dog service as a whole and reflects levels of policy and procedure, kennelling arrangements, relief cover, re-homing, microchipping and education, including information provided via the council’s website and Facebook page, as well as the care and welfare of stray dogs.

Coun Malcolm Chandler, portfolio holder for environmental health, said: “This has taken a lot of hard work from our environmental health team which runs the service and from those involved in bringing the service in-house.

“To win a Bronze and then a Silver award shows that the service has gone from strength to strength since we brought the function back in-house in 2013. It also shows that the team has worked hard and made continuous improvements to the service.

“We want to continue to improve, especially around reuniting lost dogs with their owners quickly and effectively and continue providing high standards of care and welfare, working closely with our kennelling partners.

“I would also like to urge dog owners to get their pets microchipped. We provide this valuable service which supports our key objective to re-home lost dogs.”

For more information about the council’s stray dog service and microchipping visit www.sholland.gov.uk/environmnet/animal/welfare