Dogs: Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th September 2022.

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Photo of Beth Winter Beth Winter Labour, Cynon Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Responsible Dog Ownership project has reached interim recommendations ahead of its expected conclusion in 2023.

Photo of Scott Mann Scott Mann The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) project is ongoing, with conclusions and policy reform recommendations expected next year. The RDO four project subgroups are due to continue meeting throughout the autumn and winter, giving us time to examine each of the Middlesex recommendations in detail. We do not anticipate producing an interim report prior to the conclusion of the project next year.

We expect that the recommendations will address all aspects of tackling irresponsible dog ownership effectively, from prevention to robust, consistent enforcement, focusing on owners as well as on their dogs.

Following proactive engagement with stakeholders as part of the RDO project, this summer Defra worked with animal welfare organisations, the police, local authorities and the devolved administrations to launch a dog safety communications campaign. As part of this, we supported the Canine and Feline Sector Group to develop and disseminate their Dog Safety Code, which incorporates key advice and resources to equip parents and children with the knowledge they need to enjoy spending time with dogs safely.

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