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Contact: Sue Saville

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Email: ccpetcare@icloud.com

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 (www.gov.uk/guidance/animal-welfare-legislation-protecting-pets)

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 has been designed to ensure that owners and keepers are responsible for ensuring that the welfare needs of their animals are met.  The Animal Welfare Act 2006 replaced the Animals Act 1911, and for the first time legislation has been introduced for pet owners giving them a legal duty of care.  Duty of care means that someone has an obligation to do something.  Prior to the Act, people only had a duty to ensure that an animal didn't suffer unnecessarily.  The new Act keeps this duty but also imposes a broader duty of care on anyone responsible for an animal to take reasonable steps to ensure that the animal's needs are met.  This means that a person has to look after the animal's welfare as well as ensure that it does not suffer.

Under Section 9 of the Act all reasonable steps must be taken to ensure that the following needs of your pet are met:

- its need for a suitable environment;

- its need for a suitable diet;

- its need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns;

- any need it has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals; and

- its need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

The person with whom you leave your pet will also be legally responsible for your pet's welfare in your absence.