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New animal welfare rules will affect Hertsmere residents

Last Modified September 13, 2018
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Hertsmere residents are being urged to check whether they need to apply for a new animal activity licence under wide ranging changes to animal welfare regulations, which are set to come into effect soon.

From 1 October, animal boarding businesses, including home boarders and day care, dog breeders, pet shops, riding establishments and anyone involved in the keeping of or training of animals for exhibition will have to apply for the single type of licence.

The new laws will replace older animal licensing acts and the 31 existing licence holders in the borough will need to apply for an animal activity licence.

However, there may be many more animal-related activities that need to be licensed under the new rules, including dog walking where the pet is being cared for at the dog walker’s home.

Failing to apply for a licence could result in an unlimited fine and/or six months imprisonment.

Councillor John Donne, Chairman of the Licensing Committee, said: “These new regulations, created by the Animal Welfare Act, will help to ensure that animals are cared for properly and that anyone involved in the care of animals is inspected.

“Anyone who is involved in caring for animals should check whether they need to apply for a licence as soon as possible.”

To find out whether you need to apply for a licence, visit.

Alternatively, email

Posted on Thursday 13th September 2018

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