The Animal Welfare Act 2006
Local Authorities are responsible for the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, which came into force in Wales on 27 March 2007 and which amongst others, applies to pet animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles and horses.
The needs of your animal
Owners are responsible for ensuring that their animal’s welfare needs are met. These include the need:
- for a suitable environment
- for a suitable diet
- to be able to exhibit their normal behaviour patterns
- to be housed with or apart from other animals (if applicable)
- to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease
Any person who is cruel to an animal, or fails to provide for its welfare needs, may be banned from keeping animals, fined up to £20,000 and/or sent to prison.
Codes of practice
As guidance for owners, Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Cats, Dogs, Equines and Rabbits have been made available. These provide advice on how to meet the needs of your animal.
The Welsh Assembly Government has given Local Authorities extra responsibilities to deliver an education plan, to highlight the importance of Animal Welfare. This will involve officers attending community awareness days, supermarkets, schools, youth groups, shows and events to deliver the message:
“You have a responsibility and a duty to your animals”
Bridgend County Borough Council is committed to the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and to the provision of education, advice and information on Animal Welfare throughout the Borough.
For advice please contact Public Protection.