MEMBERS of a stray dog service are celebrating after winning a national award – for the sixth year in a row.
Fareham and Gosport’s Stray Dog Service has received a gold award in the RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints awards.
The service is run by Fareham and Gosport borough councils.
Fareham council’s deputy leader Councillor Trevor Cartwright said he was delighted the service had yet again been praised by the RSPCA.
Cllr Cartwright said: ‘I’m proud that Fareham and Gosport have been recognised for their hard work.
‘They do a great job in looking after stray dogs across both areas.’
Gosport council deputy leader Cllr Graham Burgess said he was also thrilled with the award.
Cllr Burgess said: ‘This highlights how successful the partnership is and how working together is the way forward in tackling this problem.’
The awards recognises councils and other groups which protect the welfare of stray dogs and ensure that as many as possible find their way back to their owners.
The awards scheme was set up to reward councils which take steps to reduce the number of stray dogs.
These steps include setting out clear policies on pet ownership which are properly enforced, and educating people about responsible pet ownership and the benefits of microchipping and neutering their pets.
People who find a stray dog in either borough can get them help by calling (023) 9254 5609, or 0800 374485 if out of hours.
For more information visit fareham.gov.uk.