Son Servera.—”The fines vary greatly according to the extent to which the law has been broken,” Environment Councillor Antoni Servera confirmed yesterday. “They range from 60 to as much as 2'404 euros.” The fines, he said, have been imposed in situations where the dog owner has not applied for the appropriate licence to keep breeds of dogs which are classified as “dangerous”, for not registering their ownership with the town council or for not having their pets properly identified through a microchip.

Other owners had broken bylaws by not keeping their potentially dangerous pets on a leash, for keeping them on balconies or letting them run free in the street.

The move comes as a part of a wider plan by the council in Son Servera to step up pet protection and owner responsibility in the municipality, said the Councillor. Since January, 70 stray animals have been taken off the streets of which 31 have been returned to their owners. The remainder have been adopted by people willing to give abandoned pets a home or by animal care centres. None of the dogs have been put down.

Servera said that one of the main problems has been owners not microchipping their pets even though it has been mandatory since 1999. In conjunction with animal protection society “Baldea”, the council has launched a campaign to encourage owner responsibility.


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