Dangerous dogs’ reputation attacked

REPUTATION: Local animal shelters full of dogs due to their bad image Photo credit: Euro Weekly News

ALICANTE’S Department of Animal Protection has launched a public awareness campaign aimed at owners of potentially dangerous dogs.  The aim is to get them to comply with regulations and thus prevent the animals from possible confiscation in the future.

The campaign informs owners of these dogs of the obligations they have to fulfil to avoid any fines – anywhere between €600 and €3,000 – and above all encouraging them to fully understand to legal requirements of keeping potentially dangerous breeds.

Councillor for Animal Protection, Marisol Moreno, explained that the animal shelters “are full of dogs classified as potentially dangerous because of people who did not comply with the law, and a high percentage of them end up isolated in cages and with little chance of being adopted, all due to their bad reputation.”  She went on to say that “If you take on the responsibility of a potentially dangerous dog, the dog isn’t to blame.”

The information campaign includes a video and information brochures explaining issues such as what is considered a potentially dangerous dog; what breeds it affects; and what do you have to take into account when taking it for a walk.

Central government are currently looking at the possibility of opening up special spaces for potentially dangerous dogs so they can roam loose and without a muzzle; something that is currently prohibited.

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