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Council dog warden leads the way

News release 9547, published on 12 Sep 2019
Reuniting lost dogs with owners, finding places for strays and looking after every dog in the council’s care is all in a day’s work for Laura Yeates, who has bagged a gold award for the fifth year.

The Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council dog warden has been awarded the RSPCA Gold Stray Dog PawPrint Award, acknowledging the quality of the service provided by Laura and those who work with her.

Laura works with the council’s Environmental Health team and Community Safety Patrol Officers dealing with the welfare of stray dogs, providing an out-of-hours service and working to promote responsible dog ownership. 

She also works with a number of re-homing charities to find places for unclaimed dogs. The Environmental Health team support the service by dealing with dog welfare issues, noise complaints relating to dog barking and dog fouling complaints. 

Laura will celebrate her win in November at a PawPrints Winners Reception in London. 

She said: “I’m so pleased to have received this award once again. My job is hugely rewarding. Although it’s not always easy I feel very lucky that I am able to make a real difference, particularly when it comes to reuniting dogs with owners and ensuring that dogs are safe and happy.” 

Dog owners are expected to keep their pets under proper control, are legally required to ensure the animals are microchipped and wear a collar and ID, so they can be reunited if they escape. 

Any dog that is dealt with as a stray will incur a release fee, kennelling charge and possibly, an out-of-hours’ fee. Dog owners are also reminded that all dogs over eight weeks old must be microchipped and registered or they risk prosecution and a £500 fine. 

Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “Laura and the team provide an outstanding service and thoroughly deserve this accolade.

“The award is a reflection of the high standards of the council’s animal welfare service.” 

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