Animal welfare

The Animal Welfare team offers a number of services including providing information on licensing and animal enforcement.

The Animal Welfare Act 2006

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 came into force on 6 April 2007.

This means, any person responsible for an animal will have a legal duty to ensure that its needs are met as required by 'good practice'.

Animal welfare enforcement and prosecution guidelines

Animal welfare problems can range from a complaint about incorrect feeding of a goldfish to alleged cruelty to an elephant in a travelling circus. Council officers will work within this policy as appropriate.

Animal welfare licensing

There is a wide range of legislation in the UK designed to protect the health and welfare of both domesticated and wild animals.