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Animal welfare officers in East Hampshire District Council received two awards for clamping down on unlicensed kennels and providing a gold standard service for stray dogs.

The team, which took over from the council’s old dog warden role, were presented with the Golden Footprint award as part of the RSPCA’s Companion Animal Welfare Awards.

The judges were impressed with the officers’ work in shutting down unlicenced establishments – such as kennels, catteries, illegal home-boarders and illegal pet shops.

Senior animal welfare officer Neil Burton said: ‘We want to give all dogs and animals in our district the best possible care and it is gratifying to see the RSPCA recognises the work we have put in.’