Uk Dog Laws

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UK Laws that affect you and your dog

Animal Welfare Act 2006

Makes owners responsible for the duty of care to their animals.


  • Providing a suitable environment to live in
  • A suitable diet
  • Ability to behave normally
  • Consideration if the animal needs to be kept with or apart from other animals
  • Protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease

It also covers mutilation, tail docking, the giving away of animals as prizes and animal fighting.

If found to be in breach of this act persons can be banned from keeping animals, face a prison sentence or a fine of up to £20,000.


Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005

This act covers vandalism, anti-social behaviour, litter, noise and the control of dogs. Under this act you can fined up to £1,000 for:

  • failing to remove dog faeces
  • not keeping a dog on a lead
  • not putting and keeping a dog on a lead when asked to do so
  • allowing a dog to enter land where it is not permitted to do so
  • taking more than a specified amount of dogs onto land


The Control of Dogs Order 1992

This order states that when a dog is in a public place (including in your vehicle) it must wear a collar with the owner's name and address written on it or engraved on a collar attached to it.


The Road Traffic Act 1988

It is an offence for a person to allow a dog to be on a designated road without being held on lead, local authorities can  also designate other public areas where this act applies to. When dogs are travelling in vehicles they should be suitably restrained as not to cause a distraction to the driver.

If a dog is involved in a car accident then the driver should stop and give their details to the person in charge of the dog. If there is no person in charge of the dog then the incident should be reported to the police within 24 hours.

The Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953

Is is an offence for a dog to worry livestock on agricultural land. Livestock include sheep,cattle, swine, goats, horses and poultry. Game birds are not included. No offence is committed if the livestock are trespassing at the time.

It is an offence for a dog not be kept under close control in a field of sheep.

You can view more details about these laws at and

Correct at time of writing.

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