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: www.rspca.org.uk/petcare or talk to the RSPCA on the RSPCA advice line: 0870-33-35-999.
www.defra.gsi. gov.uk 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.