Tendring is the only local authority in the whole country to strike gold in the RSPCA’S animal welfare awards for 2014.

It is the first time that Tendring District Council (TDC) has achieved the top accolade for its Dog Warden service – having been awarded silver in the past.

TDC also scooped gold for its stray dog services as well as a bronze for animal welfare in connection with providing Council housing for the seventh year in succession.

The Council will travel to the House of Lords later this year for a special reception.

The RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) Awards aim to reward and promote good practice by local authorities and housing providers in England and Wales.

Darren Weaver, TDC’s Street Scene Officer, said: “We take animal welfare extremely seriously at the Council. Having a CAWF Award shows this to the public and it also ensures we keep our standards to the highest level.”

Lenny Rolles, the RSPCA’s Senior Parliamentary Advisor for Local Government, praised TDC for its efforts in a handwritten message.

“The judges have been very impressed with your application and I am delighted to confirm that you have been awarded a 2014 Gold Animal Welfare Footprint,” he said.  “This is a fantastic achievement; Tendring is the only local authority in the country to get a gold in this category. Well done.”

The Council has received certificates to mark its achievements and representatives have also been invited to a reception at Westminster in December.

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