A BRITISH Mijas resident faces a €750 fine for failing to get his dog microchipped, according to the town hall.
Local Police filed a report against the man in the Cortijo Chico area, the first since the town hall decided to increase controls on pets in public.
The law requires dogs, cats and ferrets to by microchipped, so information about the owner, and the animals’ details can be accessed by police who now carry chip readers.
Meanwhile in Malaga City, despite constant complaints from residents only 12 people are reported by police every month on average for failing to clean up after their pets. The average amount these are fined is €165.
The local councillor for the Environment, Ana Navarro, said this is because it is hard to catch the dog and owner “in the act”. The socialist party proposal to analyzing DNA from animal faeces to identify culprits was recently described as “ludicrous” by the conservative PP Mayor of Malaga City due to the excessive costs, and because only dog owners with microchipped pets could be fined, and only those who actually live in the city.
Malaga city hall has launched a campaign to raise awareness amongst locals about the importance of picking up their pets’ dropping and is handing out bags, which can be found at vets, the local animal shelter and from street cleaners.