Hart District Council Dog Warden, Alex Blakiston, has secured the prestigious Gold PawPrint Award, meaning that Hart has won it for the past eight years.
The RSPCA PawPrint Awards celebrate the good practice by rewarding those organisations who go above and beyond statutory service requirements with the aim of achieving higher animal welfare standards.
Speaking about the award, Cllr Sara Kinnell, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services said: “I’m so proud that Alex has won this award. His dedication to animal welfare is second to none and this is evident from his hard work in promoting responsible dog ownership, dealing with stray dogs, investigating dog related incidents and cracking down on irresponsible dog owners. My thanks to him and the Environmental Health team for their continued hard work.”
Now in its 12th year, the awards included five PawPrint categories, awarded in either bronze, silver or gold standards, to recognise achievements in Stray Dog Services, Contingency Planning, Housing Policy, Animal Activity Licensing and Kennelled Dog Welfare, with 95 given to local authorities this year.
Rachel Williams, senior parliamentary advisor for the RSPCA, said: “I am delighted that so many local authorities, housing providers and other public service organisations across England are continuing to prove their commitment to animal welfare. That they continue to do so, despite all the current political uncertainty and huge pressures on their budgets and staff, is a real testament to their hard work.
“The awards have gone from strength to strength and last year we entered a second decade of achievement. Our award winners really do make a difference to animal welfare with their continuous drive to offer an amazing service to their local residents, and we are always blown away by some of the inspiring ideas we see them implementing, to improve animal welfare within their communities.”
For more information about the Council’s Dog Warden services, please visit www.hart.gov.uk/dog-warden