Control of Dogs Act 1986
Prohibition on keeping a dog without a licence.
2.— (1) Subject to section 5 of this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person to—
( a) keep a dog unless he holds either—
(i) a dog licence for that dog, or
F3 [ (ii) a general dog licence relating to the premises where the dog is kept, or, ]
F4 [ ( b ) take possession, unless he is the holder of a general dog licence relating to the premises where the dog is intended to be kept, of a dog, pursuant to a change of ownership, before the issue of a dog licence in respect of that dog, or, ]
( c) transfer possession of a dog pursuant to a change of ownership to any other person unless the other person is the holder of a dog licence for that dog or a general dog licence F5 [ relating to the premises where the dog is intended to be kept ] .
(2) The occupier of any premises where a dog is found shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to be the person who keeps the dog unless he proves that—
( a) he is not the owner of the dog, and
( b) the dog was kept on the premises either—
(i) without his knowledge, or
(ii) by some other person who had a licence for the dog.