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Gravesham's animal-friendly council wins two RSPCA awards

PUBLISHED: 10:06 06 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:06 06 October 2016

The 500th dog to be microchipped in Gravesham

The 500th dog to be microchipped in Gravesham

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Councillor hails 'fantastic news'

Gravesham council’s animal-friendly policies have been recognised with two new awards from the RSPCA.

The council has received a 2016 Bronze Housing Footprint in the charity’s Community Animal Welfare Awards, while retaining its Gold Stray Dog Footprint Award for the third year in a row.

The Bronze Footprint was awarded in recognition of the council’s ‘Keeping Animals Policy’, which demonstrated good practice and goes towards recognising the work the council does with tenants and their animals.

Lead member for housing councillor Anthony Pritchard said: “This is fantastic news and proves our commitment to our tenants who are allowed to and want to keep pets in their homes.

“We want to go beyond basic requirements and achieve higher standards of animal care for all our tenants.”

The Stray Dog Footprint recognises the council’s commitment to the animals’ welfare, as it provides a year-round collection service so dogs are kept securely at a fixed address and do not run away again.

Deputy Leader councillor David Turner added: “Our stray dog service is one of the best in Kent and this award backs up just how efficient and well run it is. It’s a real achievement to win it consecutively for three years and the team should feel proud.”

The number of dogs coming through the stray dog kennels is generally on a downward trend, and owners are encouraged to ensure they have all dogs microchipped with up-to-date details to ensure they can be easily identified.

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