Animal welfare

If you are aware of a case of animal cruelty contact Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 212 or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999

Our Trading Standards Animal Health Team provide information and services dealing with farm animal health and welfare in specific relating to.

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  • disease control
  • farm animal identification
  • farm animal movements
  • bio-security
  • farm animal welfare and
  • animal by-products

Our Dog warden service can provide specific information relating to:

Cornwall Council's Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officers have produced a Responsible Dog Ownership leaflet in order to try to promote responsible dog ownership.

Cornwall Council licence a number of animal establishments. Please use the below links for more information:

If you are aware of a case of animal cruelty:

Contact Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 212 or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 

You have a duty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 if you own or are in charge of any animal not to cause by your act or failure, any unnecessary suffering of an animal. 

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.

For the purposes of this Act, an animal’s needs shall be taken to include:

  • Its need for a suitable environment,
  • Its need for a suitable diet,
  • Its need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns,
  • Any need it has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals, and
  • Its need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease

To report any issues in relation to dog welfare, please contact your local Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officer on 0300 1234 212, or for any other animal the RSPCA call the Advice line: 0300 1234 999

For further information about the RSPCA, please visit the RSPCA website.

For more information please contact Cornwall Council by email publicprotection@cornwall.gov.uk or by calling 0300 1234 212