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What do I do if this happens?

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:38 pm
by Kasper
So I read the thread on "What to do if animal control comes knocking at your door" and I know that it's legal in the UK to own a fox without a permit/license but I'm worried.

I don't currently own a fox of any kind at the moment but I hope to in the future but there's one thing I'm worried about.
What if the police/council come to my house after someone saying I have a fox in my house/garden and they want to take the fox away from me? Claiming it isn't legal?

I don't know what I would do in this situation where I go through all this effect to get a fox only to have it taken away from me because someone thinks I'm doing it illegally.

I'm sorry if this makes no sense but it's been my main concern since I thought about getting a fox.

Is there anyway I can prove that I am the owner of the fox?

Re: What do I do if this happens?

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:34 pm
by TamanduaGirl
The seller should give you a bill of sale. You need to hold onto that to prove it didn't come from the wild.

Re: What do I do if this happens?

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:05 pm
by Ash
Keep a copy of the city laws in your possession. And underline the places where it says it's okay or where it doesn't say otherwise. And then also the bill of sale is a big one. Keep a hold of veterinary records as well.

You could have your fox microchipped if you're worried about someone claiming the fox isn't yours. That's proof of ownership. Two of my foxes are chipped.

If you have these things, then there shouldn't be much to worry about. If the worst of the worst happened and your fox did get seized for some reason, you would have two legs to stand on in court with those documents and you'd be able to get the fox back. That's probably the worst case scenario, but I don't foresee that happening if you have all your legal ducks in a row to start with.

Re: What do I do if this happens?

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:32 am
by naja-naja
In the UK, it is legal to own any animal, there is a list of 'dangerous wild animals' which one needs a licence for, but foxes aren't one of them. If a member of the public tried to 'report' you for keeping a fox, the people who would be calling out to you should know the law.

Re: What do I do if this happens?

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:26 pm
by Kasper
TamanduaGirl: OK will do :)

Ash: Understood and by city laws do you mean I should print out this document? http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2007 ... edule/made . Also I will definitely be getting the fox microchipped.

TamanduaGirl & Ash: You both mentioned bill of sale. What is it? and if I get the fox from somewhere like the USA and ship them to the UK, would the papers be sent with the fox or emailed to me?

Naja-naja: Is this for any and every kind of fox or just a red fox? (Double checking :))

Re: What do I do if this happens?

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:25 pm
by TamanduaGirl
Bill of sale is basically a fancy term for receipt but it has more info on it like both parties contact info and signatures along with the date, price, a description of the animal(gender, color, age, ect.).

Re: What do I do if this happens?

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:38 pm
by Kasper
OK that makes more sense, thanks for clearing that up :)

And how would I recieve this bill of sale? Email, papers, or something else?

Re: What do I do if this happens?

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:13 pm
by Ash
If the breeder you were getting your fox from was reputable, they'll give you the bill of sale at the time of the purchase. So when you go to pick your baby up. If for whatever reason they're not giving you one, refuse to buy unless they give you one because that would just be shady otherwise.

Re: What do I do if this happens?

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:15 pm
by Ash
That form would be one of the documents you'd want to print out, yet. And then if there are additional city regulations you'd want those as well too.