To report cases of animal cruelty to the RSPCA telephone: 0300 1234 999
Winchester City Council do not directly investigate animal cruelty complaints but our Animal Welfare Team are happy to discuss issues and point you in the right direction. Contact us on 01962 848 350 or EHealth@winchester.gov.uk
Dogs in Hot Cars
Some people think that it is illegal to leave a dog in a car. This is not the case but, if your dog is suffering as a result, that can be an offence. This is most likely to happen when the weather is hot or sunny - your car acts like an oven and heats up very quickly, even if you leave windows open, and a dog can suffer heatstroke in as little as 5 or 10 minutes (leaving a water bowl in the car does not help).
The Kennel Club provide further information.
If you see a dog showing signs of heatstroke, by all means call us on 01962 848 350.
Animals and Fireworks
During the Firework Season, your domestic pets growing fearful or anxious with the unusual and erratic loud bangs and flashes.
It is best to keep dogs and cats in the house in the evenings at this time of year. There are measures that you can take to ease your pet’s distress and The RSPCA and The Blue Cross offer advice on how to recognise and ease it. Of course, horses and ponies can also be affected. The British Horse Society has a useful information on the steps you can take to minimise their stress.
Should your pet show extreme fear of fireworks, you should always consult your vet as there are products available that can help.
For further information, please contact the Animal Welfare team on 01962 848 350 or EHealth@winchester.gov.uk
The Animal Welfare Act 2006
Any person that is responsible for an animal has a legal duty to ensure they are meeting all of the needs of that animal as required by good practice. Different animals have different needs but all reasonable steps must be taken to provide the most basic, which include the need :
- for a suitable environment (place to live)
- for a suitable diet
- to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
- to be housed with, or apart from, other animals (if applicable)
- to be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease
DEFRA has produced guidance on what is considered good practice for the care of Dogs, Cats and Horses. Links to this guidance can be at the foot of this page.
Failing to provide for the needs of any animal or causing an animal unnecessary suffering is an offence and anyone found guilty of this offence may be banned from owning animals, face a large fine or imprisonment.
The Act also covers other offences, including tail docking and dog fighting.
Full details of the Animal Welfare Act can be found via the link below.
Advice on buying a puppy, provided by Hampshire County Council Trading Standards team, is available to download below.
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|Animal Licences||Information about licences including dog breeding establishments, running accomodation for other people's animals, or keeping exotic pets, to name a few. There is a list of premises licensed by Winchester City Council below.|
|Dog Microchipping||All dogs must be microchipped by law.|
|Lost/Stray Dogs||A stray dog is any dog that is roaming freely and not under the control of any person, irrespective of whether it has a home, a microchip or an identification tag.|
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|gov.uk||Code of Practice for the Welfare of Horses, Ponies, Donkeys and their Hybrids|
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