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Animal welfare

To protect animal health and welfare, we inspect animal boarding establishments (home boarding, kennels and catteries), pet shops, zoos and horse riding establishments before issuing a licence.  Dog breeders must also be licensed by us.

We must be satisfied that:

  • animals will be kept in suitable accommodation
  • adequate food and drink will be provided
  • any mammalian animals will not be sold too young
  • steps are taken to prevent disease spreading among the animals
  • adequate fire and emergency provisions are in place

If you have concerns about the conditions at a particular boarding establishment, or if you think someone is breeding dogs without a licence, please contact Environmental Health.

To report animal cruelty (animal abuse or neglect) please contact the RSPCA.

Defra Guidance notes for Breeding Dogs [603KB]

Defra Guidance Notes for Boarding Cats [1MB]

Defra Guidance Notes for Dog Boarding Kennels [424KB]

Defra Guidance Notes for Home Boarding Dogs [564KB]

Defra Guidance Notes for Day Care for Dogs [429KB]

Defra Guidance Notes for Selling Animals as Pets [868KB]

Defra Guidance Notes for Hiring Out Horses [462KB]

Defra Guidance Notes for Exhibiting Animals [616KB]