MORE THAN 300 penalties relating to pet offences have been issued in Malaga in 2015. Most of the penalties have been for illegal possession of dogs without licenses or for walking them without the necessary leashes or muzzles. Fines for these breaches vary between €300 and €3,000 leaving many careless owners in the dog-house.
Andalucian Government representative Jose Luiz Espejo issued these new statistics on March 2 during the presentation of an Animal Protection conference which aims to coordinate all the authorities that take part in animal control and protection.
The animal control and protection officers carry out inspections on the street with a focus on the ever increasing number of dangerous dog breeds. Very often dangerous dogs are not found wearing the necessary muzzles or leashes.
This Animal Protection conference is becoming more and more relevant in Malaga city where there are more than 502,000 pets registered, 11,000 of which are classified as dangerous breeds, said Espejo.