Fareham and Gosport's Stray Dog service has once again received the RSPCA's top Gold Award.
It is the fifth year in a row that the service has achieved Gold in the RSPCA's Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) awards. Launched in 2008, the award recognises the work of authorities and organisations to protect the welfare of stray dogs and ensure that as many as possible find their way back to their owners.
Fareham's Executive Member for Public Protection, Councillor Trevor Cartwright, said "Our dog control officers work really hard all year round to ensure every dog we pick up is looked after. If a dog has a micro-chip, there is a better chance it can be reunited with its owner and lessens the amount of time it spends in kennels; reducing the stress to both the dog and its owner. By April 2016 it will be compulsory by law for all dogs to be micro-chipped".
Fareham and Gosport Borough Councils work together to deliver the service across both areas. If you have lost a dog in either Borough, you can contact the partnerships dog control officers to see if they have been kennelled. If you find a stray dog, you can get them help by calling 02392 545609, or 0800 374485 if out of hours. For more details about the stray dog service in Fareham visit www.fareham.gov.uk.
For further information contact:
Contact details: Jacey Jarman, PR & Marketing Officer 01329 824 518
fax: 01329 550576, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases
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