Local Councils have joined forces with the police and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) to cut confusion for residents over who deals with what when it comes to animal welfare.
A new guide, ‘Animal Welfare – who is responsible for what?’, produced by 145 partners, including; councils from Basingstoke, East Hampshire, Eastleigh, Hart, Havant, New Forest, Portsmouth, Rushmoor, Southampton, Test Valley, Winchester and Hampshire County Council, provides information on responsible dog ownership and care, the Animal Welfare Act 2006, dangerous and banned dogs, noise, other types of nuisance and some useful contacts.
People that own, keep, work with or have responsibility for an animal is legally obliged to ensure the animal’s welfare needs are met by providing a suitable environment, diet, area to exhibit natural behavioural patterns, housing and protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease. The guide gives clear guidance on all responsibilities under the act.
The council’s dog warden is responsible for dealing with strays and dog fouling and the council also works with the police and RSPCA to deal with dog control issues. This new guide helps residents to know the best person to contact.
Basingstoke & Deane Cabinet Member for Community Services and the Environment Cllr Hayley Eachus has said: “There are many different organisations that deal with animal welfare and it can be confusing for residents to know exactly who is responsible.
“This guide provides information and advice as well as the right point of contact for people on a variety of animal related issues.”
For more information on the council’s responsibility to animal welfare or to request a booklet, please call 01256 844844, email firstname.lastname@example.org or to view the booklet visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/go/animalresponsibilities