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Stray dogs get award-winning care in East Herts

PUBLISHED: 18:43 26 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:10 20 February 2013

Jeff, a Jack Russell, was found in Westland Green by a man who is now keeping him. Jeff is sitting next to the certificate.

Jeff, a Jack Russell, was found in Westland Green by a man who is now keeping him. Jeff is sitting next to the certificate.

Stray dogs are assured of top quality care in East Herts and now the council's work has been recognised with the award of an RSPCA bronze footprint.

Stray dogs are assured of top quality care in East Herts and now the councils work has been recognised with the award of an RSPCA bronze footprint.


The national scheme recognises local authorities who have clear procedures and policy on stray dogs. The award is reassurance for owners too that if their missing pet is found and reported to the council, it will be well cared for until it is reclaimed.


The award also recognises the councils strong working relationship with a number of kennels, vets and animal charities in the area which ensure that a large number of dogs are returned to their owners quickly or cared for until they are re-homed.


A gallery of lost dogs on the councils website and its Facebook page helps owners check quickly to see if their pet has been found. The council holds dog-chipping promotions and provides leaflets on responsible dog ownership.


Claire Robinson, the RSPCAs government relations manager, said, 'This years Innovator Awards attracted some bright new ideas from organisations trying to find new angles to longstanding problems such as irresponsible dog ownership and noise, to some more current animal welfare issues such as the increase in hobbyist farmers.


'East Herts Council's bronze footprint award shows that the authority takes its responsibility to provide a stray dog service very seriously, while it continues to pioneer excellent animal welfare practices.'


Last year the council received 123 reports of stray dogs and was able to reunite almost two thirds with their owners.

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