STOCKTON-on-Tees Borough Council has secured one of the RSPCA’s most prestigious awards for its work with stray dogs.
The animal welfare team and their four-legged friends have received the Platinum PawPrint award at the charity’s Community Animal Welfare Awards.
This is the highest RSPCA accolade a local authority can receive – qualifying authorities must retain the RSPCA’s ‘Gold’ status for five years.
The award celebrates excellent care of stray dogs alongside measures such as neutering, micro-chipping and responsible rehoming. This is done in partnership with the Dogs Trust and Stockton Security Centre.
Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety, said: “I am incredibly proud of our animal welfare officers who are celebrating the highest award we have ever received.
“The Council looks for ways to improve the service to ensure the health and happiness of the Borough’s four-legged friends. We know it is a topic close to the hearts of our residents.”