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24-hour stray dogs’ service howling success

Lambeth Council’s 24-hour stray dogs’ service has become a howling success just two months after its launch.

The council’s Animal Welfare Services has scooped a bronze award in the RSPCA’s Community Welfare Footprints Awards 2010. Judges praised Lambeth Council’s policies and procedures in tackling stray dogs.

The 24-hour stray dogs’ service provides outside office hours support to ensure stray dogs are taken to either a local authority kennel or kennels operated by charitable or private trusts. The council also received a silver award for animal welfare.

The service was announced by the council in July alongside a raft of tough measures such as tenancy agreements including mandatory dog chipping, more council officers trained in dog handling, and tougher enforcement against irresponsible dog owners and illegal breeders.

Councillor Rachel Heywood, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “To win this award so quickly after launching the 24-hours stray dogs’ service is simply outstanding. Through this new service we have forged an even stronger working partnership with the RSPCA and Lambeth Police in reducing the number of stray dogs in Lambeth.”

Organisations from across England and Wales applied to the RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprints 2010. This year saw the largest number of entries yet with 141 applications made for footprints from 101 different organisations. Launched in 2008, the RSPCA award scheme aims to reward and promote good practice in animal welfare by local authorities and housing providers nationwide.

For more information visit the rspca website.

If you have concerns regarding an animal’s welfare or suspect animal cruelty contact Lambeth Animal Welfare Services on 020 7926 8860 or email animalwelfare@lambeth.gov.uk .Alternatively contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999, or Lambeth Council’s anti-social behaviour reporting line on 020 7926 4000.

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