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Acción Del Sol recently released some sound advice regarding owning a ‘potentially’ dangerous breed of dog.
- All dogs now have to be registered with local councils, but there are several breeds which also have particular requirements. Rottweiler, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Tosa Inu and Akita Inus, along with Pit Bull, Staffordshire Bull and American Staffordshire Terriers will all need a Dangerous Dog Licence, which must be obtained by someone over 18 and without a police record. When out the dogs must be muzzled and on a lead at all times and can only be walked one at once. You will also be held responsible if someone else is walking your dog and it attacks a person or another animal and will need to display a dangerous dog sign on your premises and carry your licence and the dog´s paperwork whenever you are both out.
To obtain the licence the first step is to go to your local town hall’s SAC office for a form known as ‘Solicitud de Inscripción en el Censo de Animales Domésticos Y/O Potencialmente Peligrosos’, taking your NIE, passport and your dog´s micro-chipping and inoculation information.
You will also need a medical and to fill in a 60 question form at your local health centre.
You will have to visit Mapfre in Santa Cruz to obtain a certificate confirming you have no criminal record and will need dog insurance with a minimum cover of 120,000 euros, as well as completing another SAC form (Petición de Antecedentes Penales de Registro Central de Penados y Rebeldes).
Then you return all the paperwork to the SAC and you will receive a preliminary certificate. Subject to all the paperwork being correct, your licence will be issued in a month or so.
As Acción del Sol points out, it is quite an eye opener and a lengthy process, but is the only way to stay within the law.
Acción del Sol is always happy to help and advise where necessary, particularly as you will not be able to take one of these breeds away from the refuge until you have the appropriate licence.