For the ninth year running Northamptonshire County Council has been awarded a Gold Contingency Planning Footprint in the RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprint scheme.
The council’s emergency planning team has been recognised for its work with animal welfare organisations and related groups in the contingency planning process.
Northamptonshire has successfully fulfilled the demanding criteria, displaying evidence of policies with regard for animal welfare as part of their work to ensure the county is fully prepared in the event of an emergency.
A variety of activities helped the team to maintain its Gold Award including Exercise Patron in October 2016, which involved working with partners to simulate the rescue of a horse and rider.
The team also works with the RSPCA to make sure contingency plans cover the issue of pets in an evacuation and in reception centres.
Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage, county council deputy leader and cabinet member for strategic infrastructure and public protection said: “It is an honour to receive this award again, animal welfare is extremely important to us and I would like to congratulate the team for their efforts to continue maintaining high standards and ensuring animals are not forgotten in the event of an emergency incident.”