Gloucestershire Constabulary has donated items to a dogs and cats home following an idea to recycle and help a local charity from a member of staff.

More than 50 towels, dog treats and a dog leash were given to the Cotswold’s Dogs & Cats home on Wednesday, 12 August.

In a bid to recycle and help a local charity the towels were collected as unclaimed lost property from the gym at the Constabulary’s Head Quarters.

The idea was from an ex-officer and now Collision Investigator for the Constabulary who did not want to see them go to waste and wanted to support a charity that has helped our officers in the past.

The Constabulary has worked with Cotswold’s Dogs and Cats previously when officers have discovered dogs in dangerous and unsafe homes while out attending warrants and incidents.

They have taken in and rehabilitated numerous dogs that police officers have rescued.

The donation supports PCC Martin Surl’s Police and Crime plan, which focuses on helping to make Gloucestershire ‘A Green and Pleasant County’ by avoiding waste, and recycling wherever possible; and ‘A Compassionate Approach’, supporting the welfare of animals in Gloucestershire.

Find out more about the Police and Crime plan at gloucestershire-pcc.gov.uk/police-and-crime-plan-priorities.

Dog Section Constable Claire Todd along with PD Stella attended the home on Wednesday (12 August) to gift the towels to James Tubb, Deputy Operations Manager and rescue dog Chandler.

James Tubb said: “Having worked alongside Gloucestershire Constabulary in caring for some of the most vulnerable animals in our community, we were delighted to contacted to receive a large donation of towels and treats.

“The animals in our care will certainly benefit from the generous donation. Without the support of the public and organisations such as Gloucestershire Constabulary we wouldn’t be able to do what we do – so we are extremely grateful.”

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Brierley said “It was a great idea that seemed such an easy and obvious thing to do.  In working towards making Gloucestershire the best it can be, we want to insure all animals enjoy a life that’s free from cruelty or suffering.”