Joint animal welfare team are top dogs in RSPCA awards

Friday, 28 September, 2018

The team that runs animal welfare for East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council has scooped three gold medals from the RSPCA.

The two councils now share an animal welfare team and the new set-up has yielded instant success.

As part of a national standard for animal welfare the new, joint team of Neil Thompson-Burton, Jazmine Green and Gillian Gower secured three gold medals.

They were rewarded for the care of stray dogs, contingency planning and for their regulation of animal boarding businesses around the district.

The team’s work had been assessed by the RSPCA Community Animal Welfare PawPrint Awards, a nationwide scheme.

Cllr Ingrid Thomas said: “This is the first year our animal welfare team has been working across two councils, so we are thrilled they have achieved so much success.

“It’s an incredible achievement to win three golds in these vital areas of animal welfare work and it just demonstrates the great job the team is doing across both areas.”

Havant Borough Council’s Cabinet lead for Neighbourhoods, Safety and Enforcement, Councillor Narinda Bains added “I am delighted that the hard work and excellent standards of the team have been recognised by the RSPCA. It is an outstanding achievement.”

The council’s stray dog service was commended for its efficiency and care. The animal welfare team works in partnership with Portsmouth City Council Stray Dog Kennels which can safely look after strays.

The team was also rewarded for its contingency planning, with strong plans for looking after animals that may be displaced in the event of an emergency, such as flooding.

The third gold was won for enforcing strict regulations on Animal Boarding Establishments, which include kennels, stables, catteries, pet shops and even a bird zoo in East Hampshire. Regular visits ensure the highest standards of animal welfare are maintained.