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Sunday 20 April 2014

Every dog warden has his day... as John gets top award

WEXFORD COUNTY COUNCIL'S dog warden John Colfer was recognised for his service to animal welfare in the county last week, when he was awarded with Honorary Membership by the NWSPCA.

Honorary Membership, the society's highest award, recognises an individual's contribution to either the North Wexford SPCA, or animal welfare services.

Only 22 have been awarded to date. Speaking at the organisation's recent AGM, Chairman Colin Webb said the Society believes that John Colfer has made a positive difference to the Dog Warden service in County Wexford, beyond the basic duties required.

'He is recognised for his huge commitment in giving every dog that comes into his care a second chance if at all possible,' he said. ' He works tirelessly with the NWSPCA and all the welfare groups within County Wexford to do so.'

The last dog control statistics, published by the Department of The Environment, Community and Local Government, showed County Wexford had managed to re- home more dogs than any other local authority in the country.

' The Society accepts the County Council has a difficult job to do,' said Colin. ' There are too many dogs abandoned in the county every year - but they have shown, through their dog warden service, a compassion towards the dogs which must be acknowledged.' The Society offered its sincere thanks for all John's co-operation and support over the years.

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