Dog tax in Zamora

The tax will be used to create more dog walking areas, pay for clean-up and distribute bags for canine waste.


Tired of bankrolling the costs of cleaning up dog excrement from its streets, Spain's northwestern city of Zamora, where the number of registered dogs exceeds the number of children, has imposed a tax on dog owners to be levied from next year.

"Dog owners should contribute to a certain extent to the (city) expenses," Diego Bernardo, Zamora's tax councillor, told Reuters, acknowledging though that not everyone was happy with the new, if modest, levy of nine euros a year.

"The tax has caused strong citizen reaction. Some don't agree at all, others just resigned themselves to the fact and some accept it, (but) not all reactions have been negative," he said.

The city hall in the provincial capital expects to raise between 50,000 euros and 90,000 euros ($55,200-$99,360) annually from the tax, which will be used to create more dog walking areas, pay for clean-up and distribute bags for canine waste.

A few cities around the world have similar taxes, one of the highest being charged in the Hague, at 120 euros for one dog, that amount increasing with every extra dog kept in a household.

In a different take on the problem, the mayor of Spain's capital Madrid last year tried to push for compulsory dog DNA tests in order to be able to identify and fine dog owners who leave their best friends' poop in the streets. After a change in mayor, the plan was dropped.

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Yogi / Hace over 2 years

Tough to enforce. But something should be done about the levels of poop that adorn the streets of Alcúdia and elsewhere I always pick up my dogs waste and rinse the area if she's been eating stuff she shouldn't and she gets the runs I am mortified at what I see sometimes. The signs say 600€ fines but I doubt anyone has ever been caught.


Britbabe / Hace over 2 years

Taxing dog ownership is a great idea but is very difficult to enforce. Is it a "voluntary " declaration ? It will cost a fortune to check every household - perhaps more than the revenue. That is one reason the Dog Licence was abolished in the UK. Good luck.


Eva McKendrick / Hace over 2 years

A few cities is not quite correct. I have lived in Munich and Berlin and both have this tax, so I assume it is the general custom in German cities. In Berlin I paid 150 EUR for the first dog and 180 EUR for the second.