Animal welfare

Three Rivers District Council has adopted the powers given in the Animal Welfare Act 2006 which places a duty on animal owners/keepers to ensure the needs of their animals are met. This also includes individuals whose responsibility is temporary i.e. they look after an animal while the owner is away.

The Act places a duty on those choosing to keep animals to meet the basic needs of those animals e.g:

  • The need for adequate and appropriate food
  • The need for water
  • The need for prompt veterinary care when needed
  • The need for the animal(s) to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
  • Any need it has to be housed with, or apart from other animals
  • The need to be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease

Enforcement action can and will be taken against owners who fail their responsibilities towards their animals.

If you are concerned about the welfare of an animal or require advice on the needs of your own animals you can contact the council and report the matter. All calls will be investigated by the Animal Welfare and Licensing Inspector and action taken if deemed necessary.

Within the council, animal control is a high profile service, providing not only the control of stray dogs, but also many other aspects regarding Animal Welfare. You can report any animal welfare concerns online, by completing the report form below:

Animal Welfare Concern Report Form

Animal Welfare Enforcement Policy (pdf)

Animal Welfare Licensing Policy (pdf)

Animal Welfare