A dog care centre in Chesterfield has become the first to receive a licence under new animal licensing laws following an inspection by Chesterfield Borough Council.
Divine Dog Care run by Julie Spooner, offers a home from home for canines during the day and was praised by the council’s inspector for having high standards of care and hygiene, and having all the required documentation in place.
It has been given a licence for the maximum period of three years.
Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “This is the first inspection of this kind that we have carried out and are pleased to have found that Divine Dog Care is looking after the animals in its care correctly.
“We are offering support to other local animal businesses to prepare them for the new inspection regime and to ensure that businesses in the Chesterfield borough meet the highest standards.
“All existing and new applicants need to comply with new rules under the new licensing regime including pet shops, kennels, catteries, home boarding for dogs, day care for dogs, dog breeders, hiring of horses and anyone training or exhibiting animals.”
Under new laws introduced from 1 October this year, businesses will now be risk rated on their welfare standards.
One to five stars can be awarded which will see inspections carried out from one up to three years.
Visit the council website to see the list of all animal licensed businesses in Chesterfield borough: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/animal-licensing.