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RSPCA recognises council's animal welfare work

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The work two frontline council services do to promote animal welfare has been recognised with an award from the RSPCA.

For the seventh consecutive year, East Riding of Yorkshire Council's dog warden team has been awarded the RSPCA gold community animal welfare footprint award for the level of care with which they deal with stray dogs.

The award relates to the handling and care of stray dogs as well as more long-term issues such as supporting neutering and micro-chipping.

The licensing team also retained its gold award in the animal establishments licensing footprint category, an accolade they won last year thanks to the high standard of licensing policies and robust enforcement in relations to the regulations of zoos, pet shops, riding schools, kennels, dog breeders and dangerous wild animals.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "These awards recognise all the hard work and dedication of the officers in promoting animal welfare and providing a high quality service, ensuring welfare of the animals take priority but that public safety is not compromised."

The RSPCA scheme is the only award scheme across England and Wales recognising good practice from local authorities, housing providers and contingency planners in relation to animal welfare.

The scheme celebrates good practice by rewarding those exceeding basic and statutory service requirements with the aim of achieving higher animal welfare standards.