You are legally responsible for your dog. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 ensures you take care of it, and a number of other laws ensure you keep it under proper control.
UK Laws relating to dogs
- The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005
- Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999
- The Control of Dogs Order 1992
- Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
- The Road Traffic Act 1988
- Animals Act 1971
- Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
- Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953
- Dogs Act 1871
- Dog Laws @ Canine & Feline Behaviour Association
Excerpt: The Animal Welfare Act introduced on April 6th 2007 received Royal Assent in 2006. From April 2007, the Act will repeal the Protection of Animals Act 1911 and the Abandonment of Animals Act 1960. The new Act increases and introduces new penalties to tackle acts of cruelty, neglect, mutilation, tail docking, animal fighting and the giving of pets as prizes. In addition to this it will introduce a duty of care for all pet owners to provide for their animals a suitable environment, a suitable diet, the ability to exhibit normal behaviour patterns, protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease and consideration of the animal’s needs to be housed with, or apart from, other animals.