Under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011 a person who is responsible for an animal must ensure that its needs are met, and it is an offence to fail to take reasonable steps to ensure its welfare. Causing an animal unnecessary suffering is also an offence and can be punished with a prison sentence of up to 2 years and an unlimited fine.
Three separate bodies are responsible for enforcement of the Act depending on the type of animals involved and, in some cases, the nature of the welfare issue.
Officers from the enforcement bodies will investigate complaints and can use their statutory powers to take a range of actions including giving advice, issuing legally binding Improvement Notices, taking animals into their possession and prosecution.
If you do become aware of an animal welfare case please DO report it to the appropriate enforcement body as set out below, providing as much information as possible.
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council are responsible for dealing with animal welfare issues in the Western Area which include Derry City & Strabane District Council area.
To report an animal welfare issue, call 028 8225 6226 or email [email protected]