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Gold again for West Oxfordshire’s stray dog service

West Oxfordshire District Council has for the second year running again gained a top gold award from the RSPCA for its work with stray dogs.

The Council has also been highly commended for the innovative work it does to improve the stray dog service and offering a service above and beyond what is required.

The RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints award recognises local authorities who offer a consistent service with clear procedures to ensure the welfare of stray dogs.

Each year West Oxfordshire District Council deals with around 250 stray dogs as well as dog fouling issues, noise complaints in relation to dog barking and a microchipping service so stray dogs can be easily identified and returned to their owners.

Stray dogs are picked up as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of the dogs injuring themselves or being a nuisance to the general public.

The Council also works in the community offering advice and guidance to residents on being responsible dog owners.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved as we are extremely pleased to receive this recognition once again from the RSPCA. Our team work extremely hard to advise the public about responsible dog ownership and always try to reunite stray dogs with their owners. We work closely with the RSPCA, local animal charities and veterinary practices to provide the best possible care for all the dogs we pick up.”

For more information about reporting stray dogs, dog fouling or loud barking call 01993 861020 or visit: www.westoxon.gov.uk/dogs

Posted : 06/12/2013 17:34:34

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