East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s licensing team has become one of just five local authorities in the country to be given a top award from the RSPCA for work they do to protect animal welfare.
The team was given the gold award in the animal establishments licensing footprint category of the awards, for the high standards of licensing policies and robust enforcement in relation to the regulation of zoos, pet shops, riding schools, kennels, dog breeders and dangerous wild animals in the East Riding.
Along with the licensing team, there was an award for the council’s dog wardens as they were presented with the RSPCA gold community animal welfare footprint award for the sixth consecutive year.
Their award recognises the work the wardens do in relation to the handling and care of stray dogs as well as the work they do to promote and support neutering and micro-chipping.
Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement and local partnerships at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: ‘I am delighted these two teams have been recognised for their high standards of animal welfare with these well-deserved national awards.
‘I am aware of all the hard work and dedication of our officers in promoting animal welfare and providing a high-quality service, ensuring the welfare of the animals takes priority but that public safety is not compromised.
‘Residents can assist our services in their work by ensuring their pets are kept safe, by always using licensed animal welfare establishments, that dogs are tagged and micro-chipped and by cleaning up after their dogs to reduce fouling.’