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Gold Award for Council Kennels

Published: 13th September 2017 18:37

 Portsmouth's stray dog kennels have won a gold award from the RSPCA for their pioneering contribution to improving animal welfare.

The kennels, run by Portsmouth City Council, won a gold Stray Dog Footprint award for the second year running.

The RSPCA gives out the awards as part of its Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) award scheme, which rewards organisations which go above and beyond legal requirements to achieve higher animal welfare standards.

Portsmouth's kennels achieved a gold award because they provide extra services such as an out-of-hours service and micro-chipping, and regularly work to encourage responsible pet ownership.

Cllr Robert New, the council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, said: "I'm very proud that the high standards of our kennels have been recognised again.

"Our kennels team are dedicated to dogs that have strayed or have been abandoned, often working beyond the call of duty. They do all they can to return them to their owners or find them loving new homes."

Rachel Williams, senior parliamentary advisor for the RSPCA, said: “In the current economic climate, it is by no means easy for organisations to come up with, fund and give manpower to protect and improve animal welfare within their communities, so our awards are their chance to shine and be recognised for the difference they are making.

“It is no secret that receiving a CAWF award is a major achievement for any organisation or local authority."

The presentation of the awards will take place on 28 November at RICS, Parliament Square.

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