DEDICATED work with stray dogs has landed Eden District Council’s Environmental Protection Team a double award.

For an incredible eighth year running, the RSPCA have awarded EDC's community wardens the highest level of recognition, Gold, for their work with stray dogs and promoting responsible dog ownership in the district.

And in addition, the RSPCA have also presented the wardens with a Platinum Stray Dog Footprint for their hard work over the decade the awards have been running.

Senior Community Warden Becky Duckworth said she was delighted their work had been recognised by the leading agency for animal welfare.

"We all work very hard to ensure a stray dog is properly looked after and every effort is made to ensure it is reunited with its owner," she said.

In 2017/18 the Council collected 43 stray dogs. All lost and stray dogs can be reported to the Community Wardens by calling 01768 817817, including at weekends and Bank Holidays.