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Parking System Maintenance

Our parking system is currently undergoing essential maintenance to improve the service we provide. As a result, the following services are currently unavailable via that system:

  • Payments
  • Appeals

We are working to ensure full availability is restored as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience in this matter and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

For urgent enquiries, please call our office on 01789 267575.

Animal Welfare

THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT 2006

Prior to the Animal Welfare Act, animal welfare law was largely reactive and action could only be taken once an animal had suffered unnecessarily. The 2006 Act has introduced an important and new concept for pet owners and those responsible for domestic animals, e.g. breeders and those who have working animals or farm animals in England and Wales.

Preventing animals suffering

This means enforcement agencies and RSPCA Inspectors can now act by advising and educating owners before their pets suffer. If this advice is not followed or the animal's needs are not being met, action can be taken whether through a formal warning or in some cases a prosecution.

What does the law actually say?

Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act places a duty of care on people to ensure they take reasonable steps in all the circumstances to meet the welfare needs of their animals to the extent required by good practice.

What does this mean for those responsible for animals?

In short it means they must take positive steps to ensure they care for their animals properly and in particular must provide for the five welfare needs, which are:

  • need for a suitable environment
  • need for a suitable diet
  • need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
  • need to be housed with, or apart, from other animals
  • need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

Further information

Further information about what this means in practice can be found in specific Codes of Practice produced by Defra. Please follow the link below for the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs:

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/69390/pb13333-cop-dogs-091204.pdf

To report cruelty or an animal in distress, please contact the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.