Thursday, 25 August 2011

Exempted Dogs - Important News for Owners:

Important changes for the owners of ‘exempted dogs’:

There have been two major changes in 2011 which affect dog owners of ‘pit bull types’ in England, Wales & Scotland.
  • Firstly for those who are in the process of having their dog(s) registered onto the Index of Exempted Dogs (IED) via court order following a legal hearing under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, as amended.
  • And secondly for those who already have a dog registered on the IED

The Index of Exempted Dogs:

From the 8th August 2011 the Index of Exempted Dogs is no longer run by Sabrefame Ltd who are based in Saffron Walden, Essex and have held the contract for some time – the daily operation of the Index will now be down to Defra who you will be in direct contact with during the process of registering your dog.

We discussed this recently with Defra and they confirmed that the original Index PO Box address (Saffron Walden) remains for now.

The new contacts for the IED are now:

Tel: 020 7238 1506

These contacts will take you through to the Defra animal welfare department in London which is now where the IED operates from.

The reason given to us for the change is that the treasury dept. of Defra has decided to bring the contract ‘in-house’.

Compulsory 3rd party liability insurance cover:

If you are in the process of registering your dog you will need the insurance cover to complete exemption (legalise your dog) this was, for many years, provided by PetPlan for £42 per year.

Exempted dog owners must also renew their dog’s insurance cover each year to keep it in force and their dog within the law.

From 1st June 2011 PetPlan no longer provide renewals or new applications, insurance is now provided by a different company called Brooks Braithwaite (Sussex) Ltd, this company is based in Haywards Heath, west Sussex.

The cost of the insurance cover with Brooks Braithwate is currently £75.00 per dog per year.

If you are having a problem with the exemption process or need help with the insurance, please contact us for assistance.

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