Over 20 pieces of legislation that apply to dog ownership in England and Wales. Some are surprising!

Take our quick Dogs in Law quiz, score yourself out of 29, share your score on our Facebook post and we’ll select 5 people at random (scores don’t matter, entering does) to win a Gencon prize. You might find a few surprises in here! Closing date: 1 April 2020 – 8pm.  If you live in another country, why not play along and see how different things are here.

1. What is the maximum fine and prison time you can receive in the UK for animal cruelty? (2 points)

2. What are the ‘Five Freedoms’? (1 point)

3. How many of the ‘Five Freedoms’ can you name? (5 points)

4. At Gencon we are famous for our gentle AND effective dog training collars. We wouldn’t dream of creating electric shock collars as these use pain and fear to control dogs. Are these illegal to use in England, Scotland and Wales? (3 points)

5. Is tail docking illegal in the UK? (2 points)

6. Why do dogs bark for long periods and what does the law say the local authority can do? (2 points)

7. When do you have to scoop your dog’s poop and which dogs are the exception to this rule? (2 points)

8. Is there a law to walk your dog using a lead? (2 points)

9. We can all get stressed, but what sort of worrying are dogs not allowed to do? (1 point)

10. What two forms of I.D does your dog need? (2 points)

11. Can you name any of the 4 illegal dog breeds in the UK? (4 points)

12. How old must you be to legally buy a pet in the UK? A. Any age, B. 16, C. 18? (1 point)

13. Who can legally shoot your dog and when can they do this? (2 points)

Ready for the answers? Here we go…

1. Answer: 6-months in prison and £20,000. 2. Answer: The five aspects of animal welfare under human control. Owners may face prosecution with a maximum penalty of 6-months in prison and £20,000 if they neglect these. (Animal Welfare Act 2006). 3. Freedom from hunger or thirst (fresh water, nutritious diet), Freedom from discomfort (shelter, resting area), Freedom from pain, injury or disease (prevention, rapid diagnosis/treatment), Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour (space, facilities, animal company), Freedom from fear and distress (conditions/treatment avoid mental suffering). 4. Electric shock collars have been banned in Wales since 2010 with a penalty of 6-months in prison and a fine of up to £20,000. The ban has been pending in Scotland since January 2018 and is now being introduced in England as pledged by Michael Gove in August 2018.5. Yes, it’s against the law in whole or part to dock the tail of a dog. The exceptions are if the tail needs to be removed for medical reasons or the dog will be a working dog and these only apply to certain breeds. The tail can be docked when he/she is under 5-days old. Under the Docking of Working Dogs Tails (England) Regulations 2007, Docking of Working Dogs Tails (Wales) Regulations 2007. 6. Dogs usually bark persistently over a long period of time when they are distressed. Perhaps left home alone for too long or because they are scared. If you aren’t able to change the situation your dog is in, so your dog is happier then your local authority can intervene and ask you to do this or remove your dog if you don’t. Environmental Protection Act 1990.
7. Always in public spaces unless you are registered disabled with an assistance dog. Or risk a £100 fixed penalty notice. 8. No. However, there are rules for specific places such as children’s play areas, sports areas, roads, parks and beaches with penalty notices being issued for breaking these. 9. Dogs aren’t allowed to ‘worry’ livestock. No chasing or barking at sheep and other animals as this can cause pregnant females to abort their young through stress or plunge to their deaths off cliffs in coastal fields. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times if any animals are in fields nearby. Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, Animals Act 1971.
10. 1. A registered microchip for all dogs over 8-weeks old. A local authority can order you to microchip or face a £500 fine. 2. A collar or identification tag when in a public place. 11. 1. Pit Bull Terrier 2. Japanese Tosa 3. Dogo Argentino 4. Fila Braziliero. Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. 12. Answer: B. 16 13. If they are a farmer and your dog is worrying their livestock. Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.How did you score? Share your results HERE on our Facebook page for a chance to be randomly selected to win a PRIZE. We don’t mind how high or low you score, just that you have a go. Closing date: 1 April 2020 – 8pm. If you’re outside of the U.K, did any of these laws surprise you? Hopefully, like me – you’ve learned something new about our dog-related legalities. Regards KarenThe information in this blog post is just for fun and should NOT be taken as legal advice. No-one at Gencon is a qualified Lawyer or Solicitor and it’s possible that the law has changed since this article was researched or that I’ve misunderstood the law as it currently stands. It goes without saying that if you need legal advice please contact a lawyer or solicitor. Sources Bluecross In Brief