Photo: Arona Ayuntamiento.
Arona Ayuntamiento has reminded residents in the borough that they are required to register their pets in the municipal census (see HERE). All pets are required to be registered throughout Spain, a straightforward procedure that is carried out at municipal level in local Ayuntamiento offices. Some councils are more conscientious than others, but Arona is assiduous, and says that it has some 2,400 pets registered in its animal census.
I say “Arona is assiduous”, but what I should say is that one department in Arona is assiduous. People report, however, that when they’ve been to register a dog that is not designated as “potentially dangerous”, they are told that the registration is unnecessary, and some have met with a blanket denial that cats have to be registered. Nonetheless, Arona – the actual department in charge of the matter as opposed to the front desk in the SAC – insists that the bylaw is obeyed and ALL pets are registered.
The council has reminded the public that registration is free and simple, 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 those dogs defined as “potentially dangerous” – perros potencialmente peligrosos – Arona is no exception to the strict view all ayuntamientos take. Please see HERE for the dogs defined in this wa as well as the rules and regulations that apply to them. For such dogs, registration is just the starting point, with insurance and psychological evaluation of owners part of the procedure, as well as specific requirements for the dogs’ care and control. Arona 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 alerts, and improving facilities for abandoned animals.
Arona’s rules are governed by the municipal ordnance for the Protección y Tenencia de Animales de Compañía y Animales Potencialmente Peligrosos (Protection and ownership of pets and potentially dangerous animals). This bylaw was approved in 2008 and incorporates the obligation fixed by Spanish Law – Real Decreto 287/2002, de 22 de marzo, which will be the basis for the bylaws in other council areas. This Spanish law 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. Other council’s fines are much higher.