Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council has statutory powers to undertake animal health and welfare duties within the area, contained in the Animal Health Act 1981 and 2002, the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968, European Communities Act 1972 and the Animal Welfare Act 2006, together with associated legislation.
As part of a collaborative working arrangement a number of the animal health functions are delivered by Officers within the Animal Health Team at Powys County Council on behalf of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.
The functions undertaken by Powys within the Blaenau Gwent Borough include the following:
- Programmed Animal Health & Welfare premises inspections and any resulting enforcement work as may necessary
- Responding to all complaints/enquiries relating to Animal Health & Welfare issues
- Undertake all animal licensing functions (e.g. pet shop licensing, dog breeding establishment licences, etc)
- All data entry, record keeping and reporting that is required of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council for Animal Health & Welfare for the areas listed above
- Leading in the investigation of all notifiable diseases for Animal Health
The work of the Animal Health Officers endeavours to effectively comply with our duties to contribute towards a safe, healthy and fair environment and to monitor and influence the treatment of animals, enforcing applicable standards where appropriate.