Dogs and cats: How does the new animal welfare law affect their owners?

Thu, 08/25/2022 - 11:35

On August 1th, 2022, the new Animal Rights Law was approved. This law seeks to put an end to animal abuse and establishes fines of up to 200,000 euros, which can be punished with up to 36 months in prison. Regulates the treatment that pets should receive.

In addition to improving traceability between breeders and animals through mandatory registration and identification, according to this new law:
•All dogs and cats are considered pets.
•To have them it will be mandatory to take a course and pay civil liability insurance.
• Their sale in stores and their use in activities in which they may suffer damage are prohibited.
• The slaughter of healthy animals is prohibited.
•It will be forbidden to practice any type of mutilation or body modification, except those necessary to guarantee their health or to limit or annul their reproductive capacity. In any case, its need must be accredited by means of a report issued by a collegiate veterinary professional.
•They cannot be kept permanently in patios, basements or balconies.
• It will not be possible to leave dogs unattended for more than 24 hours and other pets for more than three consecutive days.

Article 10 of the Animal Protection, Rights and Welfare Law regulates the new Central System of Records for Animal Protection, also known as animal DNI. It is a digital document that would predictably reach citizens via email and that would serve to access a national registry where animal data can be quickly found, regardless of the autonomous community from which the query is made.

Its scope of application is domestic and wild animals in captivity (mainly dogs and cats) and seeks to put an end to the abandonment of animals and the undue sacrifice of healthy animals in kennels.