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YOU could face fines and even jail sentences for not following these lesser known dog laws.
Picking up your dog’s mess while out for a walk is obvious, but there are a few rules that might catch you.
You could be fined for not following these dog laws
Here are the laws every dog owner should know to make sure you aren’t falling on the wrong side of the police.
You could face a fine or even jail time for not having your dog tagged with your details.
The 1992 Dog Control Ordinance states that a dog must wear a tag with the name and address of its owner.
Owners who fail to properly tag their dogs are deemed guilty of violating the Animal Health Act 1981.
You could face an unlimited fine or up to six months in prison.
But the penalties shouldn’t be that high.
Most of the UK allows you to take your dog off the leash, but there are a few places where it is illegal.
You can be fined up to £ 1,000 if your dog is not kept on a leash.
If a local authority has issued an order to protect public spaces or an order to control dogs, it will prohibit dogs from entering this area.
Beaches, sports fields, and flower beds are common places that are off-limits to dogs under these laws.
Owners should watch out for signs advising them of applicable rules.
The 1998 Road Traffic Act also states that it is a criminal offense if a dog is not on a leash on a “designated street”.
According to Select Car Leasing, dog owners could face a fine of up to £ 20,000 and six months in prison for failing to comply with the relevant laws in a traffic accident.
You need to properly secure your pet in your car, otherwise you could break the traffic laws.
Owners could be fined up to £ 5,000 for “car-less driving”.
It is recommended that you put your dog in the back seat or trunk.
Although it is not a legal requirement that dogs are not allowed to stick their heads out of the window, drivers can be stopped for “inattentive driving”.
Doing so could result in a fine or points on your license.
It is not forbidden for your dog to stick his head out the window, but you could be stopped for “driving without due care and attention”