Proposed new ‘Dog Law’ for Benidorm residents

The Mayor of Benidorm, Agustin Navarro has proposed the introduction of a compulsory annual dog license in the town.

It is estimated that the fee will be €15 – €20 and revenue collected from it will be used solely for the purpose of cleaning the streets of dog mess.

Dog owners must register their pets before  December 31, 2011 and that as of 1st January 2012 any owners who have NOT registered their dogs will face a fine ranging between €600 – €6,000.

The revenue collected will also finance a new ‘Green Patrol’ – these will be dedicated patrols which will have the following responsibilities to catch offenders;

– Ensure that owners pick up the any excrement that their dogs have made.

– Ensure that owners have registered their dogs.

The mayor has proposed that the failure for owners to pick up after their dogs have fouled the street to be re-classified as a “very serious” offence and to carry a fine of between €6,000 – €12,000, the maximum being enforced for persistent offenders. However, he has also promised to install 3 specific fenced areas where dogs can run and exercise in Rincon de Loix, La Cala and Imalsa-Foietes prior to the new law being introduced.

The town has already installed vending machines with free plastic bags to collect the dog mess and that the revenue raised from the dog licenses will enable more machines to be installed.

Alfaz and Albir already have these installed around the town which also incorporate diposal bins for the collected mess.

Other Town Halls will probably be watching closely to see the success of this enforcement with the aim of extending to their vicinities.

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