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Stray dogs’ service howling success

Lambeth Council’s 24-hour stray dogs’ service has become a howling success after scooping a prestigious RSPCA award, the council heard at a Town Hall meeting last night
(Wednesday, January 11)

Animal Welfare Services scooped the RSPCA’s Gold Footprint Award for the high quality wayin which it handles stray dogs. As the highest achievable award for the provision and care of stray dogs, the accolade recognises the clear procedures the council has put in place to deal with the problem.

This is the second time the award-winning service has been singled out for a prestigious
RSPCA award from hundreds of councils across the country. The first award was scooped
two months after it moved to a full out-of-hours service which saw the council receive the
RSPCA’s Bronze Footprint Award in September 2010.

A raft of tougher enforcement measures were established in tandem with the launch of the
24-hour stray dogs’ service to clampdown on the problem of dangerous dogs, irresponsible dog owners, and illegal breeders. These measures were backed by new powers introduced by the council within the ‘Animal Welfare Charter’. Met Police statistics reveal that the number of incidents involving status dogs have dropped by approximately 18 per cent in the past year as a result.

Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Lorna Campbell, said:

“The service has gone from strength-to-strength since it was introduced and to win the top
award is simply outstanding. Through this service we have forged an even stronger
partnership with the RSPCA and Lambeth Police in reducing the number of stray dogs in
Lambeth.”

“Stray dogs are at risk of injuring themselves but are also responsible for fouling green
spaces, attacking and killing other animals and in some cases posing a potential risk to
members of the public.”

If you have concerns regarding an animals 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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