Teams at Tendring District Council (TDC) have picked up four animal welfare awards from the RSPCA – including a prestigious platinum award.
For several years now TDC has been recognised by the animal welfare charity for its work supporting stray pets with a Community Animal Welfare Footprint award – known as PawPrints.
The Dog Warden team for the fifth year running won a Gold award, and in recognition of the achievement and to mark ten years of PawPrints, the team was also given a Platinum award.
TDC’s Housing team has also for the tenth year – every year the awards have been run – been recognised with a Bronze award for its work in supporting tenants with pets.
In addition the council’s Animal Licensing team has also been given a Gold award for the sixth year running.
Neil Stock, leader of TDC, praised the teams for the excellent way they deal with animals.
“We know just how important people’s pets are to them – they are part of the family,” Cllr Stock said.
“That is why we take animal welfare so seriously right across the council, whether it is helping a tenant with a pet, or the dog wardens reuniting a lost animal with its owner.
“Well done to everyone involved in these awards for reaching such a high standard.”
Rachel Williams, senior parliamentary advisor for the RSPCA, said: “It's fantastic to see Tendring District Council continuing to have such success in the PawPrints Awards.
“They can be rightly pleased with their Bronze Housing award, and to combine it with both a Gold Animal Activity Licensing award and their ongoing success in the Stray Dogs award – not only winning Gold but also our prestigious Platinum award to mark their fifth continuous year of Gold – is a great achievement.
“This is a real testament to the hard work of Tendring District Council's staff and their commitment to animal welfare.”
The teams will receive certificates marking the awards, and have been invited to a gala presentation evening in London taking place in December.