THE Dog Control team at Pembrokeshire County Council has received a RSPCA Silver Pawprints Award in recognition of its policy of looking after stray dogs.

The award recognises good practice in relation to animal welfare, and sets strict criteria on how organisations collect, handle, house and re-home stray dogs.

Lead Public Health Officer Steve Morbey said the team had received the silver award for several years.

“Despite budget reductions, the wardens have continued to deliver an excellent service,” he said.

“In receiving the award, we would like to recognise the assistance provided to the authority by its current contracted stray dog kennels, namely GreenAcres Animal Rescue, based in Talbenny.”

Pembrokeshire County Council’s cabinet member for housing, licensing and regulatory services, Councillor Pat Davies, said the authority was delighted to receive the recognition.

“We truly believe in promoting best practice in animal health and welfare licensed establishments within Pembrokeshire,” she said.

PawPrints celebrates good practice by rewarding those organisations exceeding basic and statutory service requirements, with the aim of achieving higher animal welfare standards.