RSPCA, DEFRA and Dangerous Dogs Prosecutions
Tates Solicitors have extensive expertise representing people charged with offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 including:
- Causing unnescessary suffering to animals (section 4)
- Mutilation (section 5)
- Docking of Dogs tails (section 6)
- Administration of Poisons (section 7)
- Fighting (section 8)
- Duty to Ensure Welfare (section 9)
Offences under The Dangerous Dog Act 1991
We also represent those charged with offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
It is vital to obtain expert legal advice when being investigated for offences of this nature. The potential consequences can be far reaching. Apart from the potential of a custodial sentence the court can order the removal or destruction of animals and disqualify you from owning or dealing with animals.
Excellent Prosecution Defence Record
Tates have successfully defended Animal Welfare Act and Dangerous Dogs Act prosecutions, sealing acquittals as well as successfully opposing applications for destruction and disqualification orders. Through our work we have formed close ties with Veterinary Expert Witnesses who are able to provide assistance in preparing the defence from the early investigation stage through to providing expert reports and attending court to give evidence at trial.
Representation can be through the Legal Aid scheme (where means testing applies) or on a private fee paying agreement.