Dog owners risk being landed with fines of up to £1,000 for not following these laws
Pet ownership has risen sharply in the UK since the Covid pandemic as more people sought the company of a furry friend after months of lockdown.
According to the Pet Food Manufacturers Association, around 3.2 million more pets have been bought by households during the lockdown in the last two years and there are now around 12 million cats and 12 million dogs in households across the UK.
Demand for dog ownership rose after coronavirus restrictions forced people to spend more time at home, with pets helping ease feelings of loneliness after long periods of isolation for many.
But while puppies can provide a great source of companionship, owning pets also comes with a lot of responsibility.
Owning a pet pooch involves a lot more than just a dog’s day-to-day needs, and those who don’t know what’s expected of an owner could risk getting in trouble with the authorities and paying a hefty fine.
If you’re a dog owner or planning to welcome a puppy into your home, it’s important to know these nine laws.
It is a legal requirement in the UK that your dog must be microchipped up to eight weeks of age. You must be registered in a database that meets government standards, such as B. a Pet Log. Owners can be fined up to £500 if they fail to do so and could face court action.
It is against the law to allow a dog to get dangerously out of control in a public or private space. A dog gets out of control when it hurts someone, scares someone that they might hurt them, or attacks someone’s animal. An unlimited fine or six months in prison (or both) can be imposed if a dog gets out of control, and owners can be banned from owning a dog in the future. If you allow your dog to hurt someone, you could be jailed for up to five years or fined (or both).
A dog must not chase or attack livestock on farmland and should be kept on a leash. If your dog is troubling livestock, a farmer has the right to stop your dog and possibly even shoot him.
Failure to clean up after your dog can result in a fine of between £50 and £80 depending on local authorities. Refusal to pay the initial fine can result in the case being taken to court where you can be fined up to £1,000. Some councils also require owners to carry a poop scoop and disposable bag when walking dogs in a public place.