The responsibilities of the council and the dog owner

Ill-treatment of dogs

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, a duty is placed on any person responsible for an animal to ensure its welfare by taking such reasonable steps to ensure the animal's needs are met.

Needs include:

  • A suitable environment
  • A suitable diet
  • The ability to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
  • Being housed with or apart from other animals
  • Protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease

If you are concerned that a dog or any other animal is being ill-treated, then this matter should be referred to the RSPCA.

For general enquiries contact 0300 123 4555 (opening times are 9am to 5pm).

To report a case of cruelty contact 0300 123 4999 (this is a 24-hour line).

Visit the RSPCA ( for more information.

Last updated: ‎07‎/‎03‎/‎2023‎ ‎14‎:‎46‎