We are delighted to announce that following rigorous inspection, we have been awarded a five star rating by Melton Borough Council under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018.
New Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) regulations came into force on 1 October 2018. They replace a number of different pieces of animal establishment regulations, namely: Boarding Establishments Act 1963, Pet Animals Act 1951, Riding Establishments Act 1968, Dog Breeding Act 1991, Performing Animals Act 1925.
Any businesses in England commercially trading live animals or boarding cats or dogs either during the day or overnight must have a licence issued under the new regulations. It is now an offence to board Cats and Dogs without a licence
Why is there a need for new regulations?
Existing laws covering a range of animal-related legislation have been in place for decades, and in that time there have been huge changes in pet owner attitudes and lifestyles. The new legislation takes account of different business models which have sprung up in response to these, as well as the rise of internet. A major criticism of current laws is that they are inconsistently applied across the country, with inspection fees varying hugely and the inspections themselves based on a variety of different criteria. These issues have also been addressed in the new regulations.
What does the inspection involve
The premises are rigorously inspected by an animal welfare officer before the licence is granted.
The animal welfare officer looks to make sure the person applying for the licence has the following:
* specialist knowledge of the species that they are caring for and a clear understanding of its needs and welfare. This would include the animal's mental and physical health, feeding and knowledge of environment enrichment. The applicant should be able to demonstrate that they have researched and followed expert guidance in order to carry out their role
* comprehensive records that contain all the information required by the conditions that apply to our boarding activities
* an understanding of risks involved in caring for the animal, including an extensive risk assessment and written policies and procedures that are reviewed regularly. These documents should be available for the animal welfare officer to examine
* training procedures in place to make sure staff know what is expected of them and clear evidence of good supervision of staff. All our staff meet the qualification requirements of the new standard.
The premises are also assessed to ensure the licence holder can meet the new laws relating to the physical environment in which the animals will be kept.
In addition the licence requires the licence holder to liaise with a Vet to ensure that hygiene and welfare standards are of an acceptable standard.
In addition, a star-rating system has been introduced for businesses, and local authorities will determine a business’s star rating based on welfare standards found during an inspection and on whether that business is deemed low or high risk. Businesses deemed low risk and meeting higher welfare standards will access the highest star ratings, which in turn is likely to lead to ‘light touch’ licensing and potentially lower fees. This is similar to the rating system for food premises and provides customers with assurance that the premises meets high national standards
Murrayhill kennels falls into the Low Risk , Higher Standards Category
The new legislation will also provide the requirement for trained inspectors and the requirement for the training of licence holders and their staff