Fareham and Gosport Borough Councils celebrated last night after achieving Gold in the RSPCA's Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) awards.
Earlier this year, Fareham and Gosport's Stray Dog Service received the award for the sixth year in a row. Councillors from both local authorities attended an awards reception to celebrate the achievement, along with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
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. The award scheme was established to reward and share best practice, including clear policies on pet ownership which are properly enforced, and conducting proactive work to educate about responsible pet ownership and the benefits of micro-chipping and neutering.
Deputy Leader of Fareham Borough Council, and Executive Member for Public Protection, Cllr Trevor Cartwright said: "I'm proud that Fareham and Gosport have been recognised for their hard work. They do a great job in looking after stray dogs across both areas."
Deputy Leader of Gosport Borough Council and Chairman of the Community Board, Cllr Graham Burgess added, "This highlights how successful the partnership is and how working together is the way forward in tackling this problem."
If you have lost a dog in either Borough, you can contact the 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.
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