Medway Council Environmental Protection Team has won a national award for its work.
The team entered the RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprints Awards 2012, and won the English Unitary Council Innovator Award.
The project entered for the award was the council’s A Day for Every Dog events, which were organised in conjunction with the annual national Noise Action Week. Although the main focus was to raise awareness of dog barking complaints, it was an ideal opportunity to promote responsible dog ownership throughout Medway.
The successful events allowed visitors to take advantage of free dog micro chipping, free health checks and free obedience training and advice. More than 600 dogs have been micro-chipped as part of the project.
The Environmental Protection Team, which deals with issues concerning noise, nuisance, drainage and animal licensing, was commended for its ‘resourcefulness’.
Medway Council Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact Cllr Mike O’Brien said: “The judges were extremely impressed with the resourcefulness of this project and the focus on the underlying welfare issues that are sometimes present in dog barking complaints. The panel was in no doubt that this was the outstanding entry within the category.
“Well done to the team, and to everyone involved with achieving this award. It’s great news, and proves that the council continues to make Medway a clean and safe place to live.”
The Innovator in Animal Welfare Award is the most prestigious accolade of the scheme. It celebrates local authorities, housing providers, and related groups and for who have demonstrated an approach to animal welfare generally, or a particular issue that is innovative, shows good partnership working and provides a model of good practice that others may seek to follow.
Representatives from the Environmental Protection Team will attend an award evening at the House of Lords in December where they will be presented with the Innovator Trophy.