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As many of you know our office is often quite hectic when Casper and Benny come in and run riot. Today the office became a  whole lot louder when Bella joined the team. 

Casper and Benny both were adopted from the fantastic Carla Lane Animals In Need. Last week we received a call from the sanctuary notifying us that Benny's sister was coming in the following day as her owner could no longer care for her. Jess and her partner decided to go and visit the sanctuary the following day with Benny to see if they would both get along.

When Benny met Bella it was as though they had never been apart they had great fun playing. 

Jess fell in Love with the beautiful Bella and a decision was made to adopt her.

Benny and Bella are now the best of friends.


One of the conditions of exemption is that the registered keeper of an exempted dog must have a policy of third party insurance in place for the rest of the dog’s life and that they must provide DEFRA with evidence of that insurance every time it is renewed. In March 2013, Merseyside Police ran an enforcement campaign that resulted in 27 dogs being seized from their families and immediately killed. We challenged that decision and successfully demonstrated that summary execution was not lawful and the government subsequently changed the rules.

The rules are that if you are the registered keeper of an exempted dog you must:

  • keep third party insurance in force throughout the life of your dog – this can be obtained as part of membership of the Dogs Trust for £25 per year– call 0207 837 0006 for details. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 0900 and 1700;
  • advise the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. every time you renew that insurance by sending them a copy of the insurance certificate. It’s a good idea to keep a copy of the e mail and set your system to provide a receipt;
  • be able to produce your certificate and your exemption certificate within five days of being asked to do so – ideally you should be able to produce both those documents straight away.

If you cannot prove your dog is insured the exemption lapses and the insurance details do not show on DEFRA’s database your dog will be seized and you could be prosecuted for being in possession of a prohibited dog. Alternatively, the police can apply for a destruction order in civil proceedings. In either case it is likely that they will argue that by allowing your dog’s insurance to lapse you are not a fit and proper person to be in charge of the dog and your dog could be destroyed.

If you have any doubts that your insurance might not be upto date check, check no and make sure you renew the policy immediately. If your dog is seized we can help. Please call us on 0151 480 4061.