UK dog owners could face fines of up to £5,000 when walking their pet

Dog walkers face a four-figure fine and even possible jail time of their pets are out for a walk without the proper identification.

Failing to include your name and address on your dog’s tag is in fact illegal.

In the worst-case scenario, dog owners could even be given a six-month custodial sentence.

Warning issued to dog walkers

The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that dogs in England and Wales must wear a collar with the owner’s name and address on it.

People who do not comply could be found guilty of an offence under the Animal Health Act 1981.

If found guilty, a dog owner could be "punishable on summary conviction by a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale”.

A spokesperson for DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) told Team Dogs: “For crimes committed after 13 March 2015, level 5 has been done away with and all criminal penalties expressed as being punishable on summary conviction by a maximum fine of £5,000 or more, or expressed as being a level 5 fine, are now punishable by a fine of any amount.

"That’s as a result of section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

“Therefore, the maximum penalty on summary conviction will be up to six months imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.”

The law does not state that dog owners must include their phone number however they must include their post code on the dog’s collar or tag.

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