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A  MODEL OF EXCELLENCE EXAMPLE- (Our Wishlist)

  • A Local Authority actively partnership working with local rescues to ensure they can help the unclaimed dogs in their pounds on day 8
  • Working with the Dogs Trust or other organisations to access  affordable neutering
  • Working in partnership with local vets to access affordable neutering
  • Chipping all unchipped stray dogs before allowing back to the owner when claimed
  • Chipping latch key dogs
  • Working with council Housing Departments to prohibit unneutered dogs in Council owned property
  • Working with council Housing Departments to prohibit breeding dogs in Council owned property
  • Working with council Housing Departments to ensure all dogs are chipped as a condition of their lease
  • Housing Departments to place regular reminders in all correspondence  to tenants to remind them to change chip  details when changing address and in Council Tax bills  to the whole community
  • Outreach work undertaken by Dog Warden staff in congested areas and estates to advise people to neuter their dogs
  • Clear, printed information published in all prominent locations of where to go if your dog
  • Clear, printed information published in all prominent locations of where to go if your dog is missing and who to contact 
  • Councils Licensing Department to review licences to breeders each year and allow no more than 2 breeding bitches in any one household
  • Make licences a requirement for anyone that wants to breed a single litter 

 

FLINTSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

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Contact Officer Lesley Phillips – Tel 01352 703407

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INITIATIVE

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Actively works with small rescues to help dogs on 8th day

Council works with 2 rescues situated at each end of the borough.Both have contract for the out of hours cover.One takes the bigger dogs one takes the smaller dogs.They hold the dogs for the 7 statutory days and after that the dogs are absorbed into the rescues. Any dogs that are of “type” or overly aggressive they are taken to police kennels for assessment before placing in kennels. The rescues have been trained to insert microchips.Reclaimed dogs that are not chipped, the rescues will automatically chip the dog and apply the £10 charge to the owner.

 

Works in partnership with Dogs Trust and other

Organisations

 

Actively works with DT to get neutering vouchers.Council pays £20 for a voucher and uses them for stray dogs.The council operates a partnership scheme including vets and police. The vets are all registered with the DT and will neuter the dogs brought in by the Dog wardens. They charge £90 per operation  

Chips all unchipped claimed dogs

 

Promotes chipping to owners of unchipped  dogs who claim their dogs. Will release if owners agree to have chipped. This is carried out by the rescues and the fee is distributed half to the council and half to the rescue.

 

Promotes neutering

 

Actively promotes Speying and Neutering to reduce stray numbers in all vets. 

 

Community Outreach work

 

 

 

Dog Wardens target the areas where puppies are being born, and known built up areas where there are lots of dogs.Dog Wardens will approach owners of persistent strays about having their dog neutered and will collect the dog and take to the vets for the procedure and deliver back to the owners.

Reductions in number of strays per year

 They were averaging 365 dogs per year and now that figure has halved – they think much of this is due to outreach work and chipping

Any other initiatives

 

Savings made in budget

To be notified

WANDSWORTH COUNCIL

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Contact Officer Mark Callis

Tel 02088717132

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INITIATIVE

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Actively works with small rescues to help dogs on 8th day

All the London Councils use Battersea as their pound but this LA uses private kennels whilst the dogs wait to get into Battersea. In private kennels the dogs can sit waiting up to 3 to 4 months at a approx cost of £17,000 up to last year.When the dogs are in private boarding the LA works with local rescues to move them into the rescue system and get them rehomed.  

Works in partnership with Dogs Trust and other

Organisations

 

The Council belong to a “Micro chip alliance” where they get 400 chips free from the DT. These are used for low income tenants for free. They do work but there are issues when they move and do not inform the Petlog people.Neutering scheme with the local RSPCA.Partnerships with the Met Police as a single point of contact and are actively engaged in proactive workWork with RSPCA and Blue Cross KC and Battersea plus breed rescues. 

Chips as many unchipped claimed dogs as can

 

Offers Chipping to owners for £10 for non Council tenants.Chipping free to Council tenants.

 

Promotes neutering

 

From March 2012 a new scheme was implemented for low income families for free neutering and chipping with the RSPCA local branch.The council match the funding – not cash – but in facilities and the RSPCA use their facilities in exchange for free neutering.If the dog is chipped with the council it entitles the owners to free neutering, this unfortunately is not compulsory. The Council administer the procedure, they book the vet appointments and collect the dog, deliver it to the vets and collect afterwards. They have carried out 65 of these procedures  in the year since the initiative has started. 65 dogs this year averages 1 or 2  dogs per week neutered 

 

Community Outreach work

 

 

 

Council have been doing a Chipping initiative for the last 4 years in all council house tenancies and promoting it to the RSLs.The dog warden goes to visit the new tenant who has a dog and explains they need to have their dog chippedThey use 2 databases at the same time to keep track and thats Petlog and an in house Tenants database too. They are able to update Petlog system themselves and they can update with new info such as neutering but not change of address. 

Reductions in number of strays per year

 The LA estimates that by doing this community outreach work that over the next 5 years they will have prevented 5 million puppies.This LA averages 250 stray dogs per year. 

Other initiatives

DW do road shows and school educational visits on pet ownership 

Savings made in budget

Approx cost of £17,000 up to last year. This has been reduced by the implementation of the chipping and neutering scheme to £8,500 in the past 12 months.There are substantial budget savings from the kennel fees budget as they have less strays that cant be reunited with the owners. The private kennels are 3 hours round trip from the Council Offices and so its a cost saving if the dogs owners can be found.  

HULL COUNCIL

Hull county council

Contact Officers : Chrissie Cooper Dog Warden Tel 02088717132

Emma Tindall, Principal Environmental Health Officer, Tel 01482 615520

 

INITIATIVE

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Actively works with small rescues to help dogs on 8th day

We are currently working on a sign over scheme and want to work hopefully with a local rescue.

Works in partnership with Dogs Trust and other

Organisations

 

We have micro chips donated to us by the Dogs Trust and also have our free Dogs Trust vouchers to be used for status dogs.We are trying to get cheap vaccination programme through the vets to offer to people.

Chips as many unchipped claimed dogs as can

 

In the first 4 months of this year we have micro-chipped and dog disc’s 332 dogs, events only.  We hold at least two free chipping events every month, and chip dogs in people’s home. Status dogs are for free (using donated Dogs Trust chips) and our own chips at a cost of £10 per visit we also chip cats in the home. 

 

Promotes neutering

 

We run our own neutering scheme for the public regardless of benefits or status (this has been ongoing since 2005) at a cost of male £59 and females £79, we book in 6 dogs every week.  We also have our free dogs trust vouchers for status dogs.

 

Community Outreach work

 

 

 

For the Neutering programme we have a service where  we also offer transport and booking of vets to ensure the dogs get to the appointments.  We also have polish neutering leaflets as have a high polish community.This year we are running advice and training events in the parks over the 6 weeks holidays,with a particular aim at vaccinations to try and combat parvo-virus and kennels cough as it is quite rife in our area at the moment.  

Reductions in number of strays per year

To be notifiedThere are three Dog Wardens  and a hefty workload, we deal with over 800 strays through the kennels a year and over 1500 reports of dogs alone

Other initiatives

We hold school education talks on responsible dog ownership and safety around dogs, in a few weeks we will be participating in a local event called Kid Alert this happens every year.  It is designed to keep children safe over the 6 weeks holiday, we will see over 1000 school children age 9 to 10yrs over a weeks period and we give advice about keeping safe around dogs and how to report strays.  In the handout leaflets we have dog safety, micro-chipping and neutering leaflets for the parents.We also offer an unwanted pets service, where we will assess and assist people in rehoming of their dogs to prevent welfare issues and to prevent people giving their dogs way for free or thorough facebook and preloved sites.  We also have a save our staffie campaign, which focuses on neutering and of rehoming staffie type dogs.

Savings made in budget

To be notified

HACKNEY COUNCIL

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Contact Officer Tim Toon

Tel 020 898 3022     

 

INITIATIVE

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Actively works with small rescues to help dogs on 8th day

Last 12 months have dealt with 215 dogs out of which 80% were rehomed via Dogs Trust and local rescues and reunited. 40 of those were PTS and these were because they were section 1, or recommended by the vet due to poor health or in some cases not rehomeable.All dogs they rehome themselves or find places at other rescues and they also neuter, vaccinate and chip. They have subsized rated from local vets. They charge a £30 reunite fee (discretional depending on circumstances) and could also charge a £20 per night fine too

Works in partnership with Dogs Trust and other

Organisations

 

They work in partnership for their rehoming with All Dogs Matter, the Dogs Trust and Battersea. Partnerships with RSPCA events and they have been awarded the Silver Footprint Award by the RSPCA and this year are going for more awards.Hackney Homes (council) have updated their Tenancy Agreements for ALL new tenants that dogs must be chipped and neutered.They have a SLA with them to take the dogs of any evictions and have a budget especially for this.Also they take feral dogs from the gypsey sites and speak to them about responsible ownership

Chips as many unchipped claimed dogs as can

 

 All claimed dogs must be chipped by the LA before they are handed over and proof of ownership is given Issues of health will be checked by a vet, supplied by the DT All staff have been trained to chip

 

Promotes neutering

 

Local vets offer Free of charge castrations and vaccinations cost £24 funded by LA plus any medical issues

 

Community Outreach work

 

 

 

They have an education programme on responsible ownership and they advise people about where to take their dogs for neutering if on income support to get their dogs neutered free at the Blue Cross every Wednesday. Also events are held there to include the Cats Protection who offer free neutering and Battersea attend offering free IT tags and microchipping .

Reductions in number of strays per year

To be informed

Other initiatives

The Local Authority has purchased its own kennels and saves money on kennelling privately. Noa’s Ark Rescue manages the out of hours collection and intakes for them and has access to the kennels and they will record the dogs picked up by then for the mainstream Dog Warden. They have a volunteers scheme (22 volunteers at the moment) in three sections, Volunteer Work Placements in their Offices; Enrichment Volunteers who are trained to undertake assessments and interact with the dogs by handling them and giving cuddles; and Dog Walking Volunteers .They use an accredited Training course provided by Battersea  and other colleges  and CAB Animal Welfare and they send the volunteers on micro chipping courses all paid for by the local authority.They have good practice in the kennels where they employ a traffic light system – red for new unassessed arrivals for caution, and amber and green as the dogs progress through the assessments.The dogs are walked minimum once per day but in reality 4-6 timesDog warden Service is available 365 days per year 24 hours cover.They have 1 Dog Warden and an “out of hours” contractor – they have been reducing costs and improving the service and the welfare of the dogs by restructuring the service and introducing a Volunteering base to their resources.

Savings made in budget

To be advised

 

 

 

 COLCHESTER BOROUGH COUNCIL

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Contact Officer John Ruder

Tel 01206 282840

 

INITIATIVE

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Actively works with small rescues to help dogs on 8th day

 

Works in partnership with Dogs Trust and other

Organisations

 

Good partnership with police.Work very close to behaviouristsHas the RSPCA Silver Footprint awarded in 2012

Chips as many unchipped claimed dogs as can

 

Microchipping there is no charge or special vouchers are given.Tenancy agreements contain chipping all dogs

 

Promotes neutering

 

No provision for neutering schemes

 

Community Outreach work

 

 

 

On the 18th August this council holds a regular event called “Bark in the Park” and has dog agility and behaviourist and featurtes the SBT display yeam, the day will offer educational talks and dog show and dog handling also targeting schoolchildren  showing them a puppy from a large breed and then what it will grow into Plus chipping is offered

Reductions in number of strays per year

Their new strategy has halved the numbers of strays A newly introduced policy of fining people with stray dogs is helping to reduce numbers of dogs picked upNow deal with 250 dogs a year which is halved from last year mainly due to the new fines system and chipping Dog fouling is at the top of five popular concerns by the residents.

Other initiatives

They have Street Wardens that carry out educational activities and enforcementThey have “Days of Action” up to 6 times a year carried out in certain parts of the borough by door to door knocking and speaking to owners.

Savings made in budget