Dh5,000 fine for walking dog without leash in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi - A reminder from the municipality.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Published: Wed 24 Jul 2019, 6:30 PM

Walking your dog without a leash in public places in Abu Dhabi can get you fined at least Dh5,000, the Abu Dhabi Municipality has warned. Dogs are also not allowed in shopping malls and restaurants.

The reminder was part of an animal welfare awareness campaign that was launched by the municipality recently.

"The campaign is intended to remind pet owners and dealers about the law and the need to be aware of their duty to take good care of animals," said Dr Saeed Mohammed Al Rumaithi, head of public safety at the Abu Dhabi Municipality.

Abandoning pets on the street, for example, is punishable by a Dh2,000 fine, he said.

Through the awareness drive, the municipality also seeks to ensure the proper acquisition of pets and protect endangered species.

Al Rumaithi reminded the public that the law slaps fines of up to Dh10,000 on any business caught selling protected species, while anyone found selling a sick animal must pay a fine of Dh3,000.

New regulations on pet ownership and healthcare -- introduced by the municipality in 2018 -- stipulate the requirements for the issuance of registration certificates for the acquisition, possession and accommodation of animals.

Under the law, it is illegal to keep animals -- except cats and dogs -- in villas and apartments without a municipality permit. Residents found without a permit can be fined Dh5,000.

It is also mandatory for pet dealers to make sure that their animals are given regular vet check-ups, according to the new regulations.

Owners of pet shops have been reminded that selling animals to children under the age of 18 is illegal, unless they are accompanied by an adult. Anyone caught violating the policy will be fined Dh3,000.


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