An experienced dog boarder and trainer has voiced concern over the increase in unlicensed ‘home boarding’ of people’s pets.
Eileen Gilmore said dog owners should check that their pet-sitter should have an official licence and their home has been inspected for the safety of the animals.
“I and other licensed home boarders are worried at how few people who take dogs in overnight have undergone the regulation checks. It seems they don’t realise it’s illegal to take people’s dogs in without that licence,” she said.
Mrs Gilmore, who lives in North Aston and is licensed to take in six dogs at any one time, said home boarders should be able to keep dogs separate, to keep a register and to satisfy rules on the conditions in which they are kept.
There are fines of up to £500 for anyone taking in dogs without a licence. Rules state any boarding facility should have isolation facilities and animals should be protected from infectious diseases.
Cherwell District Council spokesman Tony Ecclestone said: “Boarding of cats and dogs may require a licence if payment is received for the service and it occurs on a regular basis. It is an offence to keep a boarding establishment for cats and dogs without obtaining a licence from the council.
“The purpose is to ensure the health and welfare of the animals and their security and to avoid possible nuisance to neighbours.”
For more information see www.cherwell.gov.uk