Three RSPCA officers from the north of England have been recognised for their dedication to animal welfare at a prestigious awards ceremony.

 

Inspectors Jennie Ronksley and Inspector Will Lamping have both been given the Anderson-Plumbe Award by RSPCA Council.

 

The inspectors are two of the three who have been rewarded for showing special merit and intelligence in carrying out their duties.

 

They received their prizes at the RSPCA Honours ceremony at The Law Society, in London, on Saturday.

 

Jennie, who has worked for the RSPCA for three-and-a-half years and covers South Yorkshire, was nominated for her commitment, tenacity and diligence.

 

The 29-year-old has investigated numerous cases, ranging from the neglect of poultry to the long-term physical abuse of a young Patterdale terrier.

 

Chief inspector Matt Sacks, who nominated Jennie, said: “Jennie has in abundance all of the qualities that I feel are so essential for an effective RSPCA inspector – resilience, tenacity, fearlessness, compassion, pragmatism and not least an ability to keep calm and apply common sense during what can be an incredibly demanding job.

 

“I have 20 years experience working in the RSPCA inspectorate and during this time I have worked with many officers, including some of the highest calibre. I would hold Jennie in the same high regard as any of the best officers I have been fortunate enough to work with.”

 

Will, 24, has been an RSPCA inspector for two-and-a-half years and works in the north west, including Cumbria and parts of Lancashire.

 

In 2014 he investigated 382 complaints of animal cruelty and neglect, as well as collecting 223 animals in need of help.

 

He has been recognised for the high standard of his case investigations, including a dog beating and a man who used a lurcher to kill a cat and sheep.

 

He was nominated by chief inspector Rob Melloy, who said: “His commitment to animal welfare is outstanding, but most of all his courage and ability to stand up for animals in an isolated area is to be commended.

 

“The only people with a bad word to say about him are those that would abuse animals.”

 

Animal Collection Officer Gina Ratcliff has been awarded this year’s Jeanne McBride Animal Collection Officer Award.

 

Gina has worked for the RSPCA for 17 years and covers the Greater Manchester area, but is also an equine officer who has worked at the Grand National, Appleby Horse Fair and Seamer Horse Fair for the Society.

 

Chief inspector Cathy Hyde, who nominated Gina, said: “Her success in applying for her specialist role as an equine officer is an achievement in itself, but to actively contribute and make a difference at some of the more challenging deployments has shown her ability and willingness to take on more responsibility.”