New conditions for Sheffield boarding kennels

New rules: Licensing committee chairman, Coun John Robson
New rules: Licensing committee chairman, Coun John Robson
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KENNELS and other animal boarding centres are set to be given new operating conditions.

Sheffield Council’s licensing board, chaired by Coun John Robson, is meeting to consider the proposals.

Officials say the changes are needed to ensure welfare and safety of animals are protected at a range of ‘creche-style’ day centres for dogs.

Steve Lonnia, the council’s chief licensing officer, said the council was concerned about exercise areas where dogs are allowed to play together.

Sheffield Council’s proposed new conditions involve ensuring there is supervision of exercise areas to ensure dogs injured while playing or fighting are treated as soon as possible.

The authority also wants boarding centres to provide separate accommodation to exercise dogs who are unsuitable for a shared area.

Mr Lonnia added that higher innoculation standards should apply for dogs being looked after at kennels to minimise spread of infections.

The committee is also being asked to approve a freezing of fees for all licensing applications made to Sheffield Council.

The licensing committee meets on Thursday at the Town Hall from 10am.