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Our pawfect animal welfare work rewarded

We have retained our Bronze Animal Activity Licensing Award from the RSPCA PawPrints Awards for the second consecutive year.

The PawPrints Awards celebrate and recognise five areas of good practise in animal welfare. These categories are stray dog services, contingency planning, housing policy, animal activity licensing and kennelled dog welfare. Organisations presented with the award have gone over and above basic and statutory service requirements.

Cllr James Steel, Lead Councillor for the Environment says:

"Our officers work very hard to ensure our standards remain high when it comes to the welfare of animals in our borough. The award is a reflection of their hard work. We regularly inspect licensed businesses to make sure they meet the required high standards of care and that businesses have relevant experience or qualifications looking after pets. We also encourage our residents to let us know if they come across an unlicensed business that look after dogs. Unlicensed businesses are unlikely to have valid insurance. If you come across any, do not use it and report it to us by calling 01483 505050.

"We are always looking to improve the way we work to provide better services and care for animals. Last year, we changed the way we help stray dogs by launching a new service operated by Dogbusters, who collect stray dogs and bring them back to their owners. The service is in operation 24/7 including bank holidays."

Since the start of the Coronavirus (Covid 19) outbreak people have bought more pet dogs and cats. If you're thinking of buying a puppy or kitten, you can now only buy directly from a licensed breeder - not a shop or third party. Make sure you check the seller is licensed beforehand.

Cllr James Steel adds: "If you've recently bought a puppy or kitten, please see the Canine and Feline Sector Group Covid-19 advice for pet owners and businesses, it's really helpful and includes guidance on keeping your pets happy and healthy."

Published on 25 September 2020