Dog owners across the East Riding looking for day care or boarding facilities should take the time to check to make sure individuals or businesses they are using are licensed and insured.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Licensing Team has seen an increase in the number of adverts for home boarding or day care provision which may seem an appealing option for dog owners who do not wish to put their pets in a kennel environment.
In addition, some dog kennels which were previously licensed no longer hold a licence to trade with the council so they should not be taking dogs in from customers as it is unlawful to do so.
Licensing officers are warning that while the majority of individuals and businesses are legitimate and have the correct license and insurance, some may not and they are urging owners to check the details to make sure their beloved pet will be in a safe environment whilst they enjoy their holidays or a weekend break away.
Louise Attwood, interim licensing manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "Our simple message to dog owners is, don't leave your pet anywhere that doesn't hold a licence issued by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, always ask to see it or contact us to find out if they are licensed.
"We are supportive of small businesses and new business initiatives; however we recognise that locally there has been an increase in the provision of home and day care boarding facilities for dogs and not all seek licences from the council.
"We know there are a lot of responsible dog boarders in the East Riding operating lawfully, providing a valuable and caring service.
"We need to address those individuals operating unlawfully, for a profit, with little regard to the safety and welfare of those pets living temporarily in their private homes or kennels.
"If you place your beloved pet during the day or overnight with a boarding kennel, stranger, friend or relative for payment, please check whether the home or kennels are licensed to provide that service and that your pet will be safe.
"If it is not licensed, you could be putting your pet at risk and should anything go wrong your pet is unlikely to be covered for insurance purposes."
Anyone who has information relating to any unlicensed activity of dog boarding should contact the licensing team at East Riding of Yorkshire Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
A public register of those premises and individuals licensed to board dogs can be found on the council's website at www.eastriding.gov.uk