For domestic animal ownership
- As the owner of an animal you are obliged to keep the animal clean and in good condition. You are also responsible for any harm, damage or trouble caused by your animal to others, objects, roads or public areas.
- It is prohibited to abandon animals on public roads or on closed premises.
- All domestic animals must be registered in the local Government’s “Registro Municipal de Animales de Compañía”. Furthermore, animal owners must have the documentation that verifies this and proof of annual rabies vaccinations with them at all times, so that this can be presented to authorities upon request.
- Dogs that weigh more than 20 kilos should be on a collared lead in public at all times. They should also be muzzled.
- It is prohibited for dogs to soil or defecate on the street, pavements or other public zones. If this should happen accidentally, the person walking the animal is obliged to pick it up immediately. For this reason, the owner should have plastic bags or something similar to pick up any excrement.
- It is prohibited to feed or deposit food on public roads for any type of animal.
In cases of disobedience to these new regulations, you will be held accountable for breaking the law under the new Act instated by the “normativa Andaluza de Protección de Animales” (Ley 11/2003, 24th of November).
Law for the protection of animals
Minor infraction – €75 to €500
Serious infraction – €501 to €2000
Very serious infraction – €2001 to €30000
Minor infraction – €150 to €300
Serious infraction – €501 to €2404
Very serious infraction – €2404 to €15025
The Estepona Government has the right to impose a sanction on anyone that does not comply with these new rules and regulations.