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 6th 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.