TWO animal welfare officers have won an award for their work.
May Carrington and Dave Griffiths, who both work at Winchester City Council’s animal welfare team, were handed the RSPCA silver footprint award for their work with stray dogs.
The council collects about 200 strays a year and last year saw it deal with many cases, including nine poodles who were found near Bishop’s Waltham in such an appalling state they could not walk or see.
In most cases the dogs are reunited with their owners. However, 40 per cent are not reclaimed and are taken to rehoming centres, foster care or adopted.
Frank Pearson, portfolio holder for environment, health and wellbeing, said: ‘We’re delighted to win this award as it not only recognises the hard work and commitment our staff have to animal welfare, but it also demonstrates that our service is really valued by the RSPCA.’