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Animal Welfare

The welfare of animals is an important issue which this authority takes seriously.


If you suspect an animal is being treated cruelly, contact the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals. Contact them at or telephone the National Cruelty Helpline on 0870 5555 999.

If you need more information, or have a complaint or concern, please contact Customer Services.

Animal Welfare Act

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 came into force on 6 April 2007.

The aim of the Act is to improve the welfare of animals, impose greater responsibility on their carers, and provide greater investigation and entry powers for police and local authority staff to deal with offences.

Under section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, it is the duty of any person responsible for an animal to ensure that its welfare needs are met. These include:

  • The need for a suitable environment (how it is housed)
  • The need for a suitable diet (what it eats and drinks)
  • The need to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
  • Any need to be housed with or apart from other animals, and
  • The need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

If you know about an animal that is injured or being treated cruelly, please call the RSPCA's national 24-hour cruelty and advice line on

0300 1234 999

alternatively, visit their website.

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