ANIMAL welfare officers have been thanked for the role they played in rescuing nine abandoned dogs that were in such a bad state they could not stand or see.
The dogs were found in Upham, three at Morestead Road, two at Owslebury and one at Alresford on January 21. They are now recovering at three animal shelters, including the Stubbington Ark in Fareham.
The officers were invited to the mayor of Winchester’s residence at Abbey House on Monday for a special ceremony.
David Griffiths and May Carrington, who was only in her second week of work when the dogs were found, each received a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Dog Warden Association.
Mayor Eileen Berry praised them both for their actions and said that the incident had set the standard for care and professionalism in very difficult circumstances.
Mr Griffiths said that it was the worst incident that he had experienced in 24 years of animal welfare work.