Dog Warden Service scoops national award

Published Tuesday, 03 September 2019

The Borough Council’s Dog Warden service has scooped a national award for its ongoing work in the care of stray dogs.

It has been awarded the Stray Dog Footprint Gold standard in the RSPCA’s 2019 Paw Print Awards for the eighth consecutive year.

Launched by the RSPCA in 2008, the Paw Print Awards, celebrate good practice by rewarding those organisations that go above and beyond statutory service requirements to achieve higher animal welfare standards.

The annual Footprint awards are supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) along with the Local Government Association, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Rachel Williams, senior parliamentary advisor for the RSPCA said:

We at the RSPCA would like to say a big congratulations to all the winners. These awards are a chance for these public sector organisations who have really made a difference within their communities to shine and be recognised.

The Footprints are the only awards that recognise the hard work of local authorities, social housing providers and public sector bodies, so it is great to be able to recognise and reward the hard work that organisations do to improve animal welfare.

Councillor Martin Cartwright, Executive member for Environmental Health at the Borough Council added:

I am delighted the Borough Council has yet again been awarded the Stray Dog Footprint Gold standard for the eighth year in a row recognising the fantastic effort and achievement of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council in respect of its animal welfare program. This prestigious and very worthwhile award recognises the high standards that Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council provides to stray dogs and their owners across the Borough. I would also like to thank our partners Leicester Animal Aid in Huncote.