Slow Pet DNA Bylaw

Monday, August 13, 2018
By Hugh MacArthur

AND DNA your dogTen months after it came into effect, the Rincón de la Victoria Town Hall is only going half heartedly at imposing its Pet-DNA measures.

Under this local bylaw pet owners are obliged to have their dog’s DNA registered so that canine defications can be traced to the culprit’s owner.

So why this seeming lack of determination on the part of the Mayor? Well, it seems that they prefer to prolong the informative campaign because even by last month only 17% of the animals on the municipal pet register had complied.

In other words, of the 9,500 dogs registered in the municipality, only 1,645 have had a DNA test.

As for the provincial capital, Málaga, 30% of the 90,000 dogs have been DNA tested. There is one more town in the province that has installed this system; Benalmádena where 80 dogs of the 9,000 on the register have been tested. However, as the system there was only implemented a few weeks ago, it is too early to say how it is going.

Of the three municipalities, only the capital is actually fining dog owners at the moment: 341 were issued between January and June for quantities between 75 and 500 euros.

(News: Rincon de la Victoria, Malaga, Andalucia)

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