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13 September 2019

Our dog control team has been awarded Gold for their handling of stray dogs by the RSPCA for yet another year.

PawPrints is run by the RSPCA to recognise organisations that go above and beyond basic requirements to ensure higher welfare standards for animals in the services they provide.

The main aim of the RSPCA Stray Dog Award is to set a level of good practice for their provision, and to acknowledge local authorities that have mechanisms and policies for stray dog welfare, provide staff training and promote responsible dog ownership.

The work is also in partnership with our kennelling contractor, Morningside Kennels, who deliver the service for the council and who put in all the work to find new homes for those stray dogs that are not claimed.


Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for planning and regulation, Councillor Peter Moss, said:

"I am delighted that the team have once again been recognised for their continued commitment to the welfare of stray dogs across Preston.

"Congratulations to the team and to Morningside Kennels; it's a great achievement to sustain such high standards in animal welfare."

Background information

  • The Stray Dogs Footprint is open to all 433 Local Authorities in England and Wales.
  • Local Authorities can receive Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards from the RSPCA PawPrints scheme.
  • Preston City Council handles approximately 230 stray dogs every year.
  • Stray dogs that are not claimed are re-homed.
  • Preston City Council has a non-destruction policy, meaning that they will not put healthy dogs to sleep.
  • Anyone wishing to report a stray dog should call the council on 01772 906907 or visit Stray dogs.
  • In 2016 it became a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped.
  • Every dog must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner on the collar or an attached plate/badge whilst in a public place. This helps reunite lost dogs with their owners easier and quicker.