Dangerous dog laws very strict

DANGEROUS DOGS: Must be registered and some need to be muzzled

THE laws in Spain relating to dangerous dogs are very strict.

It is now five years since I registered my dogs Boy Boy and Sheba as ‘Dangerous’ and after a hectic week thought it would be of interest for other owners to be aware of the amount of documentation required for those that have not yet registered their dogs.

I thought I would list the documents I had to obtain for my new licence, however some documentation may differ between municipalities.  It is best to call your local town hall for specific requirements:

A photocopy my residencia and two passport photos.

Original Certificate showing that I had no criminal record. I required this certification from Seville.

Medical certificate showing my psychological aptitude (similar to that required for people purchasing firearms) which included showing physical capability.

An insurance policy covering the animal with a €120,000 liability for civil responsibility and a receipt to prove the last payment.

I had to produce copies of the microchip and vaccinations to verify they were up to date.

The laws are strict  I am required to ensure my dog wears a muzzle outside in public areas  and must be kept on lead no longer than two metres in length, and only one dog per person.

I am the only person that can walk one dog at a time.  If a dog is kept outside the home, they must be secured with suitable walls or fencing a minimum three metres high, and if lost reported to the local authorities within 48 hours. Next week I shall return to the subject.

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