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Council Maintains Gold Standard for Animal Welfare

The Dog Enforcement team at Waltham Forest Council has been awarded the RSPCA’s Gold Stray Dogs Footprint Award for the ninth consecutive year.


The award scheme recognises local authorities, housing providers and contingency planners who are going above and beyond what’s required by law and achieving higher animal welfare standards.


Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We are one of only a few boroughs to have a team dedicated solely to dealing with dog related issues, so it’s great to receive this award recognition for a ninth consecutive year. We do everything we can to reunite any stray dogs we find with their owners, and if not we try to find them a suitable new home.”


The Council service includes the collection, reunion or rehoming of strays, micro-chipping and investigating dangerous dog reports. Pictures of stray dogs found by the team are also posted on the Council’s Twitter account (@WFCouncil) to help reunite them with their owners.


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