Council hits gold and platinum standards for animal welfare work

Tue, 11 Sep 2018

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s licensing team and dog wardens have scooped two top accolades from the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) for their work in services around animal welfare.

Licensing retained its Gold Animal Establishment Licensing Footprint Award for a third year and the dog wardens received a Platinum Award for continuously holding the Gold Stray Dog Footprint Award for five years or more. The team has actually successfully achieved the award for 10 years.

The Gold Animal Establishment Licensing Footprint Award is presented for the high standards of licensing policies and robust enforcement in relation to the regulation of zoos, pet shops, riding schools, kennels and dog breeders in the East Riding.

The Gold Stray Dog Footprint Awards recognise the work the wardens do in relation to the handling and care of stray dogs as well as the work they do to promote and support neutering and micro-chipping.

Stray dogs in the East Riding are taken to kennels at Leconfield and the award the council has received also recognises the care given to the animals while they are held there.

Councillor Shaun Horton, cabinet portfolio holder for community involvement and council corporate services, said: “These awards are fitting recognition for the hard work and dedication of our staff who have demonstrated that they are delivering consistently year-on-year.

“Ensuring both the welfare of the animals and public safety is a top priority for the council and residents can assist our services in their work by ensuring their pets are kept safe, by always using licensed animal welfare establishments, that dogs are tagged and micro-chipped and by cleaning up after their dogs to reduce fouling.”