Innovator in Animal Welfare Award

We are delighted to announce that Hartlepool Borough Council have been awarded the Innovator in Animal Welfare Award at the 2014 Community Animal Welfare Footprint Awards for our work with illegally grazed horses.

Lenny Rolles,  the RSPCA's Senior Parliamentary Adviser for Local Government, said "Hartlepool Borough Council fought off fierce competition in their category to receive a prestigious 2014 RSPCA Innovator Award.

The Council have developed a strategy for the fly grazing of horses. Nationally there is an equine crisis and it is fantastic to see Hartlepool Borough Council tackling the problem in such an innovative way working with multi agency partners at a local level.

In the current tough economic climate it is encouraging to see some local authorities who continue to provide and invest in services to improve animal welfare. Everyone in Hartlepool should be very proud of this achievement."