ONLY 2,500 of the 90,000 dogs in Malaga are registered on the mandatory DNA listing, according to the city council.
The Animal Welfare Ordinance was introduced in May, obligating dog owners to register their pet’s genetic profile within a six-month period which ends on October 31.
Raul Jimenez, Environmental councillor, has called for dog owners to register “sooner rather than later” to avoid availability issues.
DNA registration aims to clean up the city while ensuring that owners who mistreat their pets can be held accountable for it.
With the genetic profile of each dog at hand, officers will be able to find the owner of abandoned and mistreated pets and punish them accordingly.
Raul Jimenez warned that “any dog that does not have a badge with his DNA identification will be in breach of the ordinance and its owner will be fined by Local Police.”
DNA profiling is currently available for a one-off fee of €35, although the council has announced that the cost will be waived for owners in financial difficulty