Offences and Penalties
Anybody found guilty of keeping an animal covered by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 without a licence to do so or anybody found guilty of failing to comply with any licence condition shall be subject to a fine not exceeding £2,000.
Any person found guilty of obstructing or delaying an Inspector or Authorised Veterinary Practitioner or Veterinary Surgeon shall be subject to a fine not exceeding £2,000.
Where a person keeps an animal without a licence or where a person fails to comply with a licence condition, Inspectors from the Council may seize the animal and may either retain it or have it destroyed or disposed of (to a zoo or elsewhere) without compensation to the owner.
Where the Council incurs any expense in seizing, retaining or disposing of an animal then the person who was the keeper of the animal shall be liable for those costs.
Copies of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and other legislation mentioned in this information sheet can be purchased from http://www.legislation.gov.uk/.
A copy of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 can be inspected at the Council Offices where you may also obtain an application form and further help or advice.
Last Updated on Friday, April 12, 2019