The RSPCA has recognised the excellent care Breckland Council provides to stray dogs in the district.

The district council’s animal welfare team has picked up a Golden PawPrint Award for the seventh year running and is one of only 50 organisations across the UK recognised for the PawPrint award in 2022.

Since 2008, the RSPCA has run an award scheme for local authorities, recognising good practice and outstanding animal welfare.

Breckland Council has yet again attained the prestigious top gold award, for the outstanding service provided and the loving care given to all the animals throughout the last year.

Breckland Council’s friendly and free dog warden service has decades of experience working with dogs of all ages and supporting owners. The wardens offer advice daily to local residents on various topics related to dog ownership, from how to keep dog microchips up to date to how to reduce barking at home, avoiding possible neighbour complaints.

Cllr Ian Sherwood , Executive Member at Breckland Council, commented: “Breckland Council has a very proud history at the forefront of animal welfare and we’re delighted to have been recognised for a seventh year running. Not only do we have an award-winning dog warden service, but our new Animal Welfare Officer is incredibly active within the district inspecting kennels, breeders and pet shops, ensuring the highest standards of animal welfare are followed.”