Sun, Aug 31, 2014 - Page 3 News List

Crackdown on bad pet owners

By Lin Shu-hui  /  Staff reporter

Taipei City Council on Friday passed a second reading of a draft Taipei City Animal Protection Bylaw (台北市動物保護自治條例), which proposes that should animals’ lives be threatened by abuse, pain or injury, the city government’s Animal Protection Office personnel may enter residents’ private properties for rescue missions.

The bylaw would supplant the Regulation Governing Taipei City Canine and Management (台北市畜犬管理辦法) if it passes a third reading.

The draft regulation proposes that owners be fined between NT$10,000 (US$333) and NT$30,000 if their pets are not registered, while also tightening control on illicit use of traps, by imposing fines on both the person using the trap and the owner of the property on which it is used.

Another new regulation under the proposed bylaw orders that animals be attached to a leash or kept inside a carrier in public places at all times. Those who fail to follow this regulation risk a fine of between NT$2,000 and NT$10,000.

Notably, the proposed regulation is accompanied by a reward mechanism for people who report cases of violation — under the law, informants are to be awarded half the amount of the fine issued to the violator, up to a maximum of NT$50,000.

Taipei City Councilor Hsu Shu-hua (許淑華) of the Democratic Progressive Party called for better governance on pet owners, citing statistics which gave more than 60 cases of citizens who had been bitten and injured by pet dogs.

Hsu urged the authorities to impose penalties on owners whose carelessness with their dogs leads to injury of others, while calling for classes to improve self-management among pet owners.

Taipei City Animal Protection Office Director Yan Yi-feng (嚴一峰) said that the proposed bylaw would also authorize animal protection staff to enter private properties for rescue missions where there is sufficient evidence of abuse or neglect.

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