The Animal Welfare Act requires anyone who is responsible for a pet, to do what is reasonable to meet their welfare needs.  As a dog owner, it is your legal responsibility to do this.

A Pet’s Welfare Includes

  • A proper diet
  • Access to clean, fresh water at all times
  • Somewhere suitable to live
  • Any need to be housed with, or apart from, other animals, as appropriate
  • Allowing animals to express normal behaviour
  • Protection from pain
  • Protection from suffering
  • Protection from injury
  • Protection from disease

The penalty for failing to care for a pet could be a fine or even a prison sentence.

To find out about caring for pets and learn more about the Animal Welfare Act go to: or talk to the RSPCA on the RSPCA advice line: 0870-33-35-999.

www.defra.gsi.  is also another site for getting information about legislation.

It is now a legal requirement that all dogs in England are microchipped so check with your vet about getting your dog chipped if not done already. When you buy a puppy it is now the breeder's responsibility to have it mirochipped before you buy it.