DOG lovers will be able to meet an adorable group of canines at a special event. 

Braintree Council's second dog day will take place in Halstead Public Gardens, in Trinity Street, on April 20 from 10am to 2pm.

It will feature a puppy parade, a family dog show, and a children’s walking trail for kids and dog walkers to take part in.

At the event, dog owners will be able to sign up to Essex Police’s ‘Dogwatch’ initiative.

Halstead Gazette: Adorable - an Essex Therapy dog at last year's eventAdorable - an Essex Therapy dog at last year's event (Image: Braintree District Council)

The scheme allows dog owners to receive weekly emailed reports about crimes relating to dogs in the area, helping them stay aware and vigilant of any potential risks.

The event is completely free to attend, but those who register via the Eventbrite can claim a goody bag at the event.

Mary Cunningham, cabinet member for stronger communities at Braintree Council, is delighted the event is taking place.

She said: “This event is an excellent opportunity for Halstead residents to find out more about the Safer Streets project.

“It’s a great free event for dog owners and dog lovers alike.”

Halstead Gazette: Dog lover - a child with a puppy at the dog day in WithamDog lover - a child with a puppy at the dog day in Witham (Image: Braintree District Council)

The first dog day took place in Guithavon Green, Witham, last year.

Dog Day is part of the on-going Safer Streets project which aims to tackle antisocial behaviour and prevent crime in Halstead.

Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Essex Therapy Dogs, Community 360, Dogs Trust, Danaher Animal Home, United in Kind, Halstead Leisure Centre, will all be at this years’ event.

Free tickets can be obtained at