Duty of Care

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 dog owners have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure their dog's welfare and needs are provided for.

This means you must ensure your dog -  

  • Has a suitable diet, including fresh water
  • Has somewhere suitable to live
  • Is kept with or away from other animals, depending on its requirements
  • Is allowed to show normal dog behaviours
  • Is protected from, and treated for, illness and injury

If you are cruel to your dog or don't provide for its welfare needs, you may be banned from owning animals. Or, you could be fined up to £20,000 and/or sent to prison for up to six months.

Go to Animal Welfare Act 2006 for more information, where you can read the full contents of this legislation