What is a caring for pets licence?
While having a pet such as a dog does not require a licence, some animals may require a licence, this may include some types of exotic wild animals as well as domestic-wild hybrid animals.
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If you run a business that breeds and sells dogs, you will need a Dog Breeding Licence.
While having a licence for most types of common domestic pets is not required, providing proper care for a pet or animal that you own is a mandatory requirement. Those found mistreating animals in their care may get an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to 6 months if an animal is not looked after properly.
What is a dangerous animal?
While a licence for a pet dog or cat and most common domestic pets is not required, you will need a licence to keep some animals considered to be wild, dangerous or exotic. These types of animals may include wild cats, primates, wolves, wild boar and certain types of pigs.
A full list of these types of animals can be found in The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.
How to apply for a caring for pets’ licence
If you are unsure whether or not you require a licence for a pet or animal in your care you should contact your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.