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Council awarded gold for new pet policy


Dacorum Borough Councils Housing service has


received a gold award from the RSPCA for its work on promoting responsible pet ownership.


Te prestigious Housing Animal Welfare award was


presented to the council after its new pet policy was introduced during Animal Action Week earlier in the year.


Te policy was devised to help tenants look after their pets and encourage other tenants, including supported housing tenants, to own a house cat.


Tose involved in the new scheme included staff


from the Council, RSPCA, Cats Protection League, Hertfordshire Police and Appledown Rescue.


Each team joined together to promote responsible pet ownership across Dacorum.


Micro-chipping for dogs has been made compulsory as part of the new policy, which has prompted a free micro-chipping service for council tenants to be introduced.


Over 70 dog owners benefited from the free service by mid-September, along with many more who attended the Council’s Tenant and Leaseholder Conference on


September 29 to have theirs done. Portfolio Holder for Housing, Councillor Margaret


Griffiths, explained how delighted Dacorum Borough Councils Housing service is to receive the award.


She said: “Many of our tenants are excellent and caring pet owners. Tis policy is designed to support responsible pet ownership and to encourage others to become responsible owners.”


“Only a handful of the nation’s housing organisations


are honoured with the prestigious award each year and I’m very pleased that our work has been recognised in this way.”


Tenants who need to get their dog micro-chipped should call their Housing Officer on 01442 228000 as soon as possible.


by Charlotte Gilbert


26 l October 2012 l www.mynewsmag.co.uk


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