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The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 aims to ensure that where private individuals keep dangerous wild animals, they do so in circumstances which create no risk to the public and which safeguard the welfare of the animals.
Any person wanting to keep any animal listed in the Schedule of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, in Preston must obtain a Dangerous Wild Animals Licence (DWA Licence) from Preston City Council.
The Act does not apply to any dangerous wild animal kept in:
Any applicant for a DWA licence must:
Before you apply for a Dangerous Wild Animals Licence we advise you to consider the following:
If you wish to apply for a licence please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 01772 906907. A fee of £225.00 will be payable on application. You will also be required to pay a vets fee, this will vary according to the time the vet takes to undertake the inspection.
Once licensed you will be required to keep the animal according to the conditions laid down in the licence.
If a Dangerous Wild Animal is being kept without a licence or in contravention of a licence condition, we may seize the animal and retain it, destroy it or otherwise dispose of it.
We are not liable to pay compensation and, where we incur any expense in seizing, retaining or disposing of an animal then the person who was the keeper of the animal will have to pay costs.
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