Council wins RSPCA Platinum award for dealing with stray dogs

Release date: 10 September 2018

The RSPCA has just announced that Forest of Dean District Council’s Street Wardens have received a Gold Stray Dog Footprint award for the fifth year running - which also means that they qualify for the prestigious Platinum version of the same award.

As a ‘thank you’ from the RSPCA, the Wardens have been invited to a free winner’s reception event in London on 27 November to celebrate their achievement.

Cllr Paul Hiett, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, was very pleased to hear the news:

“The Wardens take a very proactive stance in dealing with stray dogs across the District, and they also continue to maintain excellent animal welfare standards.  This Platinum Stray Dog Footprint award recognises the great job that they do – in partnership with Sling Kennels and Forest of Dean Dog Rescue who help dealing with and rehoming the strays - and I am sure that many residents will be delighted to hear about their success.”

Rachel Williams, Senior Parliamentary Advisor for the RSPCA, added:

“The RSPCA’s PawPrints are the only awards that recognise the hard work of local authorities, social housing providers and public sector bodies across England and Wales, to improve animal welfare. The fact that we are marking ten years of the scheme shows just how successful they have been. It has been a pleasure to watch the scheme grow over the years and celebrate countless initiatives from the most dedicated public service organisations and their staff.

“It is no secret that these awards are a major achievement for any organisation or local authority and I look forward to celebrating with the winners on the awards ceremony evening in November.”

The awards are again supported by the Local Government Association, along with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

More details are available at

A full list of the winners of the PawPrints Awards are detailed on the link above,



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