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Do you know Dog Law?

There are several dog laws that as a dog owner you must be aware of. We can provide information on helping you be a responsible dog owner by providing you with information on micro-chipping, training and the law.

Please read the information on the laws to see which ones may apply to you.

Animal Welfare Act (2006)

This law introduced tougher penalties to tackle cruelty, neglect, mutilation, tail docking, animal fighting and the giving of pets as prizes. The law also states that a dog owner should provide a suitable environment for the dog. This includes food, water, shelter, exercise and protection from pain and suffering.

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (2005)

If you breach the dog control orders you are facing up to a £1,000 fine. This includes failing to remove dog faeces, not keeping a dog on a lead and allowing your dog onto land which dogs are not permitted to enter. The act also updates the law on stray dogs. Instead of them being the responsibility of the police they are now the responsibility of the local authorities. It is strongly recommended to have your dog micro-chipped so that it is easier to locate your dog should s/he go missing. With the BreederChoice Insurance available from your breeder, you can join the National Pet Register for £1! This is a worthwhile scheme to join as you can post information about your dog and then should they become lost or stolen you can use their facilities to help find your dog.

The Control of Dogs Order (1992)

You are required under this law to keep a collar on your dog all the time including the owners name and address engraved onto it.

Dangerous Dogs Act (1991)

A dangerous dog is defined as “a dog that has injured someone or a good that a person has grounds for reasonable apprehension that it may do so”. If your dog is to chase, bark or jump up at someone then they could be reported so make sure you control your dog at all times. If your dog is deemed to be dangerous you will face a possible prison sentence and large fine. Unfortunately your dog will be put to sleep.

There are several breeds of dog that are banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act including:

 The Pit Bull Terrier
 Fila Brasiliero
 Dogo Argentino
 Japanese Tosa

The Road Traffic Act (1988)

It is illegal for a dog to be on a public road without a lead. If you are taking your dog in the car with you, it is important that you train them to be well behaved and calm. If your dog is seen to be a nuisance or distracting the driver, you are seen to be breaking the law. If you are involved in an accident with a dog, you must provide all your details to the dog’s owner. If there isn’t anyone in charge of the dog, you must report it to the police.

Animal Act (1971)

If your dog causes injury or damage to anyone or a third party then you will be held liable. It is imperative that you are protected for this. Take out pet insurance to cover you financially should this unfortunate situation occur.

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (1953)

Your dog must not chase or worry any livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and poultry) on agricultural land. The farmer has the right to stop you from entering the land. It has even been known for the farmer to shoot dogs that are worrying his livestock. Please note that he is completely within his rights to do this.

Dogs Act (1871)

It is a civil offence if a dog is dangerous to people or animals and not kept under control. This can refer to dogs not being kept on a lead or not wearing a muzzle. The dog can be subject to a control or can be put down.

As a dog owner you should be aware of the laws.