Photo: Arona Ayuntamiento.
Arona has reminded residents in the borough that they are required to register their pets in the municipal census. As I say HERE, the registration of pets is legally required, and this is done at local Ayuntamientos, even though some are more conscientious than others. Arona says that it has some 2,400 pets registered in its animal census, and reminds the public that registration is free and straightforward, and apart from being a legal requirement, helps to improve services and focus health alerts. All that is needed is to take the animal’s health booklet, its microchip number, and the last anti-rabies vaccination stamp to any SAC office (Servicio de Atención a la Ciudadanía) in the municipality.
When it comes to perros potencialmente peligrosos, Arona is no exception to the strict view all ayuntamientos take. Please see the above link for the definitions of such dogs, and the rules and regulations which apply to them. Environment councillor Yurena Garcia says that the inscription of potentially dangerous dogs is obligatory under Spanish Law, and reiterates that it’s not just a matter of “law”, but of services, health alers, and improving facilities for abandoned animals.
Councillor Garcia said that 137 licences for such dogs have been processed by the ayuntamiento. a very low number given the actual number of residents in the borough, over 90,000. She said that while the ayuntamiento is “very grateful to those who understand the importance of protecting animal rights, and who see this measure as essential to continue down that road, we also need to reach all those who, unknowingly, haven’t registered their pet”.
Arona’s rules are governed by the Ordenanza Municipal (bylaw) for the Protección y Tenencia de Animales de Compañía y Animales Potencialmente Peligrosos (Protection and ownership of pets and potentially dangerous animals), approved in 2008 and incorporates the obligation fixed by Spanish Law – Real Decreto 287/2002, de 22 de marzo – which establishes non-registration as a “minor offence” for most pets but a “serious offence” if the animal is defined as potentially dangerous. Arona’s fines range from €30 in minor single cases to around €1,500 for serious or repeat offences.