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S5W-09192: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 10 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-08026 by Roseanna Cunningham on 22 March 2017, what discussions it (a) has had and (b) plans with local authorities regarding the standardisation of licence fees for pet shops or dog breeding establishments.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 16 May 2017

The Pet Animals Act 1951 and the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973, as amended, empower local authorities to charge reasonable fees for the licensing, respectively, of pet shops and dog breeding establishments. Representatives of local authorities participated in a meeting on the breeding and sale of pets on 3 June 2016 at which license fees and other related topics were discussed.

The possible standardisation of licence fees will be considered as part of the ongoing review of pet welfare, and local authorities will be involved at all stages.