Dog welfare in Cornwall hailed with RSPCA Paw Prints award

Cornwall Council Welfare and Law Enforcement Officers have been recognized for their care of lost and abandoned animals.

The Council’s Stray Dog Service has been awarded the RSPCA’s Gold Standard PawPrints award for the 12th consecutive year, which is awarded to local authorities and organizations for going the extra mile.

Between September 2021 and September 2022, the Council received 417 reports of dogs found without an owner.

Kevin Brader, environmental protection officer at Cornwall Council, said: ‘Fortunately, the majority of these pets are quickly reunited with their owners, sometimes before the dog guardian is present.

“But it can be very difficult to trace people, especially if we don’t have up-to-date contact details.”

“If we need to retrieve a dog, they are checked, including for microchips, and placed in kennels until the owner can be found. We do what we can to make them feel comfortable A sick or injured dog receives appropriate veterinary care.

“If we are unable to trace the owner and no one shows up within the statutory seven days, then they become the property of the Council. They will then find a loving new home through our rehoming partners. We never put a healthy dog ​​to sleep.

Between September 2021 and September 2022, 40 dogs taken in by dog ​​sitters found new homes after no one came forward to claim them.

Councilor Martyn Alvey, environment and climate change portfolio holder at Cornwall Council, said: “I would like to congratulate the team for continuing to provide such brilliant service to our four-legged friends.

“I would also like to remind people to make sure their contact details are up to date on their pet’s microchip and ID tag. Not only could this save you a lot of distress if your pet goes missing , but it is also a legal obligation.

RSPCA public affairs officer for local government Lee Gingell said: “We are delighted that Cornwall Council has once again been recognized for their fantastic stray dog ​​service.

“The local authority has been committed to the RSPCA’s PawPrints scheme for many years, and this year is one of 50 public bodies across England and Wales recognized for going above and beyond. for animals.”

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