A dog warden service has received a gold award from the RSPCA for the second year in a row.
The RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprint Awards recognise good animal welfare practice across the public sector and this year, Cherwell District Council’s dog warden service has received its second gold award.
The RSPCA inspectors praised the care, treatment and facilities provided to stray and lost dogs.
Senior dog warden Neil Greenway, who has held his post at Cherwell for 12 years, said: “Having previously obtained bronze awards between 2009 and 2012, we were delighted to have achieved our first Gold Award last year and even more thrilled to have retained it this year.
“Our staff work incredibly hard 365 days a year to ensure every dog we pick up receives the care, treatment and accommodation it deserves so it is fantastic to have these efforts recognised.”
To receive the award, the service had to demonstrate its out-of-hours collection service, suitable kennel facilities, its procedures to treat injured and sick stray dogs efficiently, evidence of basic dog handling and training for all officers responsible for stray dog collection, a clear rehoming policy and regular proactive work to encourage responsible pet ownership.
This included the council’s free dog identification scheme.
During the 2013/2014 Cherwell’s dog warden service picked up 169 lost or stray dogs across the district and provided 826 free dog tags to owners.
For more information about the council’s free dog registration scheme visit www.tiny.cc/dogregistration