There is no one “perfect” way to care for all dogs because every dog, and every situation, is different but they all have the same needs. It is up to you to find out what your dog’s precise needs are and how to meet them. Under Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (the Act) you must take such steps as are reasonable in all the circumstances to ensure that the needs of an animal for which you are responsible are met, to the extent required by good practice which are set out in the Act as follows:
(a) need for a suitable environment
(b) need for a suitable diet
(c) need to be housed with, or apart from, other animals
(d) need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
(e) need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.
Under the Act you are always responsible for your dog’s needs. Furthermore, if you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 16 years old, you are responsible for any animal that child looks after. If you are unable to care for your dog at any time, you must make arrangements for another suitable person to look after it on your behalf. It is important to remember that you remain legally responsible for your dog’s needs, even when you are away. The person with whom you leave your dog will also be legally responsible for your dog’s welfare in your absence.
If you own or are responsible for a dog, and fail to meet its welfare needs or cause it unnecessary suffering, you may be prosecuted under the Act
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