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Animal welfare, neutering and spaying

We help promote and maintain standards of animal health and welfare in West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland.

Animal Welfare

Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 places a duty of care on people to ensure they take reasonable steps in all circumstances to meet the welfare needs of their animals to the extent required by good practice.

This means that any person keeping or handling an animal must take positive steps to ensure they care for their animals properly and in particular must provide for the five welfare needs, which are:

  • to be kept in a suitable environment
  • to be provided a suitable diet
  • to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
  • to be housed with, or apart from, other animals as appropriate
  • to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

If you believe an animal is being kept in such a way it's welfare needs are not being provided for, you should contact the RSPCA (opens in a new window) on their 24 hour cruelty line; 0300 1234 999. While the Council may assist the RSPCA with it's enquiries, the Council does not have responsibility for investigating cruelty cases.

If you would like specific advice on any of the five welfare needs, you should contact your vet or the RSPCA (opens in a new window).

Neutering and spaying

Neutering and spaying is not just about controlling pet numbers, it can also give your dog many other benefits.

Every year thousands of stray and unwanted dogs are collected by Councils and Rescue Centres across the country. Neutering and spaying helps to prevent unwanted litters of puppies and can help reduce the numbers of unwanted dogs.

Neutering and spaying also has many health benefits for both male and female dogs. It can help reduce certain types of cancers and infections which are common in non-neutered dogs. With female dogs, spaying stops them coming into season and reduces stress and prevents mess in the house and also stops unwanted attention from male dogs. With males, it can also help to prevent roaming and helps to reduce the urge to fight.

For more information or advice on neutering and spaying, please contact your local vet.

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