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Companion animals

Information on how we deal with animal welfare issues in particular licensed premises such as pet shops and of animals on farm premises.

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 came into force on 27th March 2007 in Wales.  In December 2008, the Welsh Assembly Government issued Codes of Practice in relation to dogs, cats and equines.  These can be accessed through the Welsh Assembly Government Website.


This Act creates a legal duty for anyone responsible for an animal to ensure that its needs are met.  The law requires that those responsible for animals take reasonable steps to ensure that: 

  • the animal has a suitable environment to live in
  • the animal has a healthy diet
  • the animal is able to behave normally
  • the animal has appropriate company
  • the animal is protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease

It used to be necessary for an animal to have suffered unnecessary physical or mental harm before action could be taken, but, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 allows enforcement action to be taken where an animal is likely to undergo suffering.  The Act also allows the Local Authority, Police or a member of the public (including The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and other animal welfare organisation) to instigate a prosecution.

The Act also introduced some other offences such as: 

  • ‘mutilation of animals’, such as docking of dogs tails (although there are some exemptions).  Further guidance is given on the Welsh Assembly Government website.
  • the selling or giving of a pet as a prize to anyone under 16 years of age
  • the laws relating to animal fights

The Act provides powers for enforcement action to be taken against those not complying with the provisions of the Act and the Codes of Practice issued by the Welsh Assembly Government.  Enforcement action can range from general advice to prosecution with fines of up to £20,000 and / or 51 weeks imprisonment.  There are also powers available to impose disqualification orders which ban a person from owning, looking after, dealing or transporting animals.

Further information on the Animal Welfare Act 2006 can be found at the Welsh Assembly Government website or the DEFRA website.

What do I do if I am concerned about the welfare of an animal?

The Environmental Health Section deal with animal welfare complaints in relation to business premises, and in particular licensed premises such as pet shops, zoos, riding establishments, kennels and catteries etc.  The Environmental Health Section can be contacted by telephone or email.

The Trading Standards Section deal with animal welfare issues in relation to welfare of animals on farm premises eg cattle, sheep, etc.  They can also investigate complaints in relation to the transportation of livestock, welfare at livestock markets and dead farm animals.  The Trading Standards Section can be contacted by telephone or email – see the “contacts” tab above.

The RSPCA deal with animal welfare complaints, particularly in domestic premises.  They also deal with problems such as injured animals, animals left in hot cars etc.  The RSPCA can provide a wide range of advice and expertise on many animal species.

Contact Environmental Health

Public Protection Department
Regulatory and Economic Development
Council Offices
LL77 7TW
General enquiries:01248 752820
Animal welfare:01248 752866
Housing Enforcement Team:01248 752836/752835
Health and safety:01248 752866
Food Safety Team:01248 752866
Fax:01248 752880
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