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Public get chance to have their say on pet shop licensing in Salford

Salford City Council has reviewed the conditions that people who hold a pet shop licence have to abide by and wants to hear views from people in the community.

The council already implements the national pet shop guidelines but has reviewed and amended them to ensure that they are in line with other local authorities across Greater Manchester and reflect current best practice.

If the new requirements are introduced it would result in improved clarity to the conditions, and animal welfare requirements as well as reflecting changes in other new animal laws.

Councillor David Lancaster, Lead Member for Environment and Community Safety at Salford City Council, said: “Animal welfare is important to us but before we implement anything we want to hear what people think so I’d encourage people to have their say.

“These new proposals would tighten up the requirements for selling animals. I believe these proposals will eliminate any inconsistencies, ensure a more uniform approach to pet shop licensing and provide better guarantees for people who buy a pet”.

This consultation process has also triggered a review of the fee charged for a license to reflect the level of work involved in processing the different types of applications.

The full consultation and proposed fee structure can by found by visiting http://www.salford.gov.uk/licensing-and-permits/trading-and-business/animals/pet-shops/

People have until Friday 21st October 2016 to submit their views.

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