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Amnesty for pet boarding establishments

 
Created on 26/05/2017 @ 15:12
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Unlicensed boarding establishments for cats and dogs, including those providing day care only, are being urged by Powys County Council to come forward and apply for a licence during an amnesty.

The council’s Trading Standards Service says it has become aware of a number of unlicensed animal boarding establishments operating locally. The service has now granted an amnesty until the end of June so that unlicensed premises can apply.

Anyone operating an animal boarding establishment without a licence could be fined up to £500 or face up to three months in jail.

Clive Jones, the council’s Professional Lead for Trading Standards, said: “All dog and cat owners have the right to expect that boarding premises where they leave their beloved pets satisfy basic standards relating to their health, welfare and safety and that the licensee is a fit and proper person to hold such a licence.

“By using licensed establishments, dog and cat owners can be confident that the premises comply with strict licensing conditions and the proprietors strive to guarantee the highest standards of animal care.

“The council is already aware of a number of unlicensed premises in Powys and if they do not come forward within this amnesty period, they may face criminal charges and be taken to court.”

To apply for a licence to board animals visit www.powys.gov.uk/en/licensing-trading-standards/animal-boarding-dog-sitting-licences/.

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