Housing teams win PawPrints Award

Housing staff in Sandwell have won a top national award for their work on dealing with pet issues and protecting animals.

They have been awarded a Silver Housing PawPrint Award from the RSPCA for the council's work on preventing irresponsible pet ownership which can cause nuisance to neighbours and suffering to animals.

Councillor Joanne Hadley, Sandwell Council's cabinet member for homes, said: "We are very proud to receive this award for our work on animal cruelty because this is an important matter for the council and our tenants. "The council has some important controls in place to prevent irresponsible pet ownership, because of possible nuisance problems to tenants and residents, involving for instance problems of dog barking and fouling issues. "Another very important issue is the need to prevent suffering to animals across the borough and we have to take action on occasions because we have zero tolerance on dangerous dogs or animals." The council also takes action on reports of cruelty and offers advice on dealing with stray horses on council land and details of vets available in Sandwell.

The PawPrints Awards scheme has been run by the RSPCA for 10 years and is organised to help it reduce cruelty and abuse of animals. Last year, the organisation said it had rescued more than 114,000 animals.

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