Rutland County Council Dog Warden, Barry Briggs, is celebrating after scooping the top award in the national ‘Good Dog Campaign’.
Barry saw off competition from across the country to take top prize for his role in raising awareness of ‘responsible pet ownership’.
Barry says, "I am absolutely delighted that we have won this award. It is a tremendous recognition of all of the good work carried out in Rutland to promote responsible pet ownership. I would like to thank everyone for their support over the last twelve months and I look forward to entering again next year".
Award winning Dog Warden, Barry, added, "The most important thing about winning the award is that it shows we are getting the message across in Rutland. We have many exciting events planned for this year and I look forward to the annual Dog Day in September".
Barry entered the competition that recognises the work of Councils across the Country in:
l Developing responsible dog ownership campaigns within their communities,
l Promoting the positive aspects of dog ownership
l Raising the profile and role of dog wardens in this area of work.
The panel who judged the entries (and reached a unanimous decision over the winner) comprised of: Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, President of the Pet Advisory Committee, Roger Gale MP, former Chairman of the All Party Animal Welfare Group, Sue Bell, National Dog Wardens’ Association, Sally Shaw Masterfoods and Good Dog Campaign
During 2004, Barry launched a number of campaigns to promote responsible dog ownership.
These included Poop Scoop Week, Dog Day at Cutts Close in Oakham, Safe and Sound Displays in Schools, and National Pet Week.