Taking the dog outside to relieve itself is one of the exceptions in the Royal Decree of restrictions on mobility due to the state of alarm, but with very strict rules that, if not complied with, carry sanctions ranging from the lightest of 100 euros to the highest that can reach 30,000.
The walks should be short, as short as possible; without distancing from the home; always alone: a dog, an owner; without socializing with dogs or other people; with a bottle of water with detergent to wash the places where you relieve yourself or as few times as possible a day, among other things. But what happens if we don’t comply? What happens if we “take advantage” of an animal to skip confinement? Of course we expose ourselves to a strong sanction, we must be aware that we must stay at home and if we have a dog, also.
- All the parks are closed, many of them with tapes. If we decide remove the seal and come in to walk our furry friend, the lightest fine is 100 euros and they can reach 600 depending on gravity.
- From 600 and up to 30,000 euros if we ignore the indications of the authority. Disobedience to officers is a serious crime. At all times we must follow their instructions, and if they tell us that we must return home with our dog as soon as possible, we must do so, unless we want our pocket to stiffen.
- The dog should not sniff any person or any dog. If we let someone approach, the Public Health Law includes serious infractions, a fine of 3,001 to 60,000 euros, to those who carry out conduct or omissions that may produce a risk or serious damage to the health of the population. Although animals do not suffer from or transmit the coronavirus, in alarm state it is a risk to public health to let a dog come to sniff a person, so the sanction can be immediate.
- Bring to the animal always tied. For this reason, the animal is not allowed to play with a ball or a disc is thrown to bring it back, nor should it run around the street even if there is no one. Fines for going loose they reach 300 euros (then and now). The penalty is greatly tightened when the pet is not on a leash of one of the breeds considered “potentially dangerous”: Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Rottweiler, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Fila Brasileiro, Tosa Inu and Akita Inu con fines ranging from 300 to 3,000 eurosIn addition, they must be muzzled.
- Do not clean your droppings. If, today, everyone is clear that they must collect their dog’s excrement with the typical bag and deposit it in special containers or in the garbage, during the state of alarm it is even more necessary, you should even carry a bottle with water and detergent. Not doing it carries a fine ranging from 300 to 3,000 eurosBut what many citizens do not know is that depending on where they live, they also have to clean the urine of their dogs with water and vinegar or disinfectant. According to the city, the sanction reaches 750 euros, although there are places like Palma that the fine can amount to 1,500 euros.
- ID. The regulations are not unified between the different territories, but generally it is necessary to register them in a Municipal or Autonomous census, insert a microchip and have them identified with a plate on their necklaces. If it is not chipped, the fines range from 500 to 6,000 euros. In the case of dangerous breed dogs, in addition to this, they must have a civil liability insurance and the owners a license to have them. In some communities, it is also necessary to register the DNA of the pet in the municipal gene bank since there are patrols that are dedicated to collecting feces from the streets, analyzing them and detect using DNA which dog they belong to. Dog owners who do not collect the feces can be fined on average for around 200 euros. If the dog is detected and identified by its feces, in addition to the corresponding fine for not having collected them, it will be added the amount of the laboratory analysis.
- Stroll it for a minor. In this case the legislation is clear, to be a pet owner you have to be of legal age, so taking it down the street by someone under the age of 18 can mean that you skip not one but several laws, such as Citizen Security, of Public Health and even the Law of the Minor. The sanctions do not drop in any case of 300 euros and they can even requisition the animal from the teenager.
- The vEnt between individuals is prohibited, and carries fines between 3,000 and 9,000 euros. In this section you can also consider renting a dog from a neighbor to get out on the street. If you can not prove that the animal that is with you in the street is your property with its documentation in order, you are playing a penalty that can reach 1,000 euros.
- Now that the population is confined at home 24 hours a day, it is very important that you prevent your dog from disturbing the building. If it disturbs the rest of the neighbors at night or at siesta you can be fined around 300 euros.
- If you have to go to the vet out of necessity, keep in mind that un dog in the car is governed by the rules of carriage of goodsAs such, it must be safe and, above all, avoid the risk that it will interfere with driving. If it is small, it is best to be placed on the floor of the rear seat. The bigger ones will do better in the trunk, separated by a grid or a net or secured with a double anchorage harness. And in general for all sizes, if they are sitting in the back seats of the car they must be fastened with a double anchorage harness. The fine for not meeting this standard ranges between 100 and 200 euros.
- The highest penalty, up to 30,000 euros, is for cases of abuse or neglect. During the coronavirus crisis, authorities repeatedly recall that dogs do not transmit COVID-19 and ask that they not panic and, above all, that they not be abandoned.