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Monday 3 December

High quality of service recognised for award

Swale Borough Council’s stray dog service was recognised for its high level of animal welfare standards at the RSPCA PawPrints Awards ceremony last week.

Cllr Nick Hampshire, deputy cabinet member for environment and rural affairs at the council, collected the Platinum award on behalf of the service.

The special award was created to mark the 10th anniversary of the awards, and was given to those organisations that have received the Gold Footprint for five consecutive years.

The award recognises organisations that have gone above and beyond their basic service requirements to ensure higher animal welfare standards, and those that demonstrate the importance of actively promoting schemes and services such as micro-chipping.

Cllr Hampshire said:

"It’s fantastic for the service to be recognised for their diligent work to reunite stray dogs and their owners.

"This recognises the entire service – from the effectiveness of taking the initial call, the officer who retrieves a dog, the out-of-hours provision, and even the use of social media to reunite owners and pets.

"We were the first council in Kent to receive the award nine years ago, and the fact we’ve held it ever since shows a consistent level of high quality that local people should be proud of."

For news on stray dogs found in Swale, follow the council’s twitter account or the service’s Facebook page.

To report a stray dog during normal office hours, the public should call 01795 417850 where arrangements will be made for the dog to be collected.

If a dog is found between 5pm and 9pm on weekday evenings, and between 9am and 9pm at weekends and on bank holidays, the public should ring the found stray dog line on 07795 237479.

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