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Council’s Animal Welfare team achieves rare double platinum

The Animal Welfare Team at Winchester City Council has achieved a rare pair of awards from the RSPCA.

The animal protection charity has awarded Platinum PawPrints – one level above the previous highest award of Gold – to the council for both Stray Dog Services and Animal Activity Licensing. 

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Winchester City Council Dog Wardens Ross and Dave, and Dave's lurcher Fleur

This new Platinum PawPrint award is presented to organisations who have received Gold PawPrints for five or more years consecutively.

Winchester City Council is one of only three councils in England and Wales to have achieved Platinum status for Animal Activity Licensing, alongside Westminster City Council and the City of London.  

The PawPrints awards will be presented at a ceremony in November.

Cllr Jackie Porter, Winchester City Council’s Cabinet Member for Place and the Local Plan, said: “This is an outstanding achievement for our Animal Welfare Team, and it is wonderful to see their exemplary work recognised in such a way by the RSPCA.

“It is especially impressive that the council’s team is one of only a handful to have achieved a Platinum status for Animal Activity Licencing in the inaugural year of the award. Well done to our dog wardens Dave and Ross, and the rest of the team!”   

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