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Council saves abused dog & wins RSPCA gold

The rescue and continuing care of a stray dog with an infection that's usually fatal is an example of work carried out by East Herts Council that led to its retention of the RSPCA gold footprint.

For the fourth year, the RSPCA recognised the council's continuing hard work and dedication in stray dog collection and re-homing.

Stray rescued

In May the council had a call about a stray found in East Herts. A member of the public took her to a vet who believed that she didn't have much chance of survival.

The nine-year-old Shar Pei had bad eyes and ears and the worst nails ever seen by the council's dog control officer. A scan found that she also had a usually-fatal womb infection called Pyometra.

Due to the cost of the operation the council contacted Rescue Remedies Dog Rescue which agreed without hesitation to take her into their vets.

Glynis, as she is now known, survived her ordeal and is recovering well under the care of the centre.

The council alerted the RSPCA who, after assessing her, put out an appeal for information as it's believed that she was used as a puppy-farm breeding dog and she appeared on BBC London News

Graham McAndrew, executive member for environment and the public space, said: "Keeping the Gold Footprint award recognises the dedication of all involved in looking after dogs in East Herts. Local vets, kennels, neighbouring councils and animal rescue charities go to extra lengths to ensure that strays are re-homed appropriately and quickly."

Over the last year the council has also worked with the police, attending six-weekly stop & search events, checking dogs in vehicles for microchips.

The council has attended a range of community safety events, giving out advice on animal care.

At its popular annual fun afternoon in Southern Country Park, Bishop's Stortford, the council ran a fun family dog show and at Pishiobury Park the Dogs Trust handed out information packs about responsible dog ownership.

For more information on Glynis and the other dogs waiting for homes at Rescue Remedies visit


November 1 2017