There is a meeting coming up in Walthamstow, London regarding dangerous dogs and rules applying to dog ownership / stewardship within Waltham forest. It will take place on Friday, June 17, 2012, at the Rose and Crown pub on Hoe street.
I provide here some links to relevant UK regulations that apply to animal / dog ownership, for reference:
Animal Welfare Act of 2006
Relevant under the ‘Promotion of Welfare’ section 9:
Duty of person responsible for animal to ensure welfare
(1)A person commits an offence if he does not take such steps as are reasonable in all the circumstances to ensure that the needs of an animal for which he is responsible are met to the extent required by good practice.
(2)For the purposes of this Act, an animal’s needs shall be taken to include—
(a)its need for a suitable environment,
(b)its need for a suitable diet,
(c)its need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns,
(d)any need it has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals, and
(e)its need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.
The Control of Dogs Order 1992
every dog… shall wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it.
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
It is a criminal offence (for the owner and/or the person in charge of the dog) to allow a dog to be ‘dangerously out of control’ in a public place, a place where it is not permitted to be, and some other areas. A ‘dangerously out of control’ dog can be defined as a dog that has injured someone or a dog that a person has grounds for reasonable apprehension that it may do so. A dog shall be regarded as dangerously out of control on any occasion on which there are grounds for reasonable apprehension that it will injure any person, whether or not it actually does so
Where a dog is owned by a person who is less than sixteen years old any reference to its owner… shall include a reference to the head of the household
Animals Act 1971
Covers liability for damage done by your dog