Dog Registration Law to be implemented in 2016
2016 is fast approaching, and the New Year is scheduled to bring much change for pet owner and pets alike. Saga Humane Society and the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) have announced that effective Monday, January 4th, all dogs must be registered and licensed at the Town Board. This program has been in the pipeline since 2012 and is expected to reduce the number of strays and unwanted dogs on the streets of Ambergris Caye.
According to Saga, pet owners will be required to license all dogs four months and older. In order to license your pet, the dog must be properly vaccinated for rabies. “Rabies vaccinations are a prerequisite for licensing dogs, and are available at Saga Humane Society for $30. No cost vaccinations are available to those in need,” says Saga.
This regulation is being implemented under the Belize Dogs Act Chapter 153 Revised Edition 2000 and the San Pedro Town Dog Control Order of 2012. This regulation will require all dogs to be leashed and have a proper collar with their SPTC license tag. Failure to comply will result in the penalty cited with the Belize Dogs Act Chapter 153 Revised Edition 2000 Section 3 (1): “Except where no dog license is required, every person who keeps a dog in town without being licensed for that purpose or who keeps in any town more dogs than the number he is licensed to keep shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ten dollars for each period of seven days, or part of such period, during which he has so kept any dog.”
Pet owners will also be responsible of having a proper location for their dog within their residence. Dogs must be restrained on private property by a fence, tether or leash, in a humane manner. While in public, dogs are required to be kept on a leash and under the pet owner’s immediate control. “No owner of a dog shall permit that dog to be at large in any street or place of public resort or within Ambergris Caye, and any person who contravenes this section is guilty of an offence and is, on summary conviction, liable to a fine of $100,” explained Saga.
SPTC will keep a register showing the name, occupation and place of residence for each pet owner to whom a dog license is issued. An annual fee of $5 will be charged for each dog licensed.
Educational outreach to sensitize the public on the new regulation has been in effect since Tuesday, December 15th. Pet owners will have until January 31, 2016 to register their dogs.
====================San Pedro introduces new law to register dogs
A new law is to be implemented in San Pedro on January 4, 2016 to benefit the canine members of the island and their owners.
A program that has been in the pipeline for more than two years, that bids dog owners to register and license their dogs at the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) for a fee of $5, aims to reduce the number of stray and unwanted dogs. Dogs will be tagged with a special SPTC license tag, requiring all dogs to have a proper collar and leash.
The regulation was enacted under the Belize Dogs Act Chapter 153 Revised Edition 2000 Section 3 (1): “Except where no dog license is required, every person who keeps a dog in town without being licensed for that purpose or who keeps in any town more dogs than the number he is licensed to keep shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ten dollars for each period of seven days, or part of such period, during which he has so kept any dog.”
The Humane Society in San Pedro town, Saga, stated that all dogs that are four months and older will be required to be registered. The new regulation will help pet owners be more responsible and improve pet ownership. Dog owners will be required to have an adequate location for their dogs within their yards and within proper fencing. It will also improve the humane treatment towards dogs because the animals will need to be kept tied in a a humane manner under the new regulation.
Vaccines are a prerequisite for dog licensing. To make the regulation easier on the people, the Humane Society offers to provide free vaccination to people who want to have dogs but cannot afford them
The Humane Society stated that the new regulation will encourage pet ownership responsibility because animals will not be allowed to be at large on the streets or in public places, and if they are they can be tracked back tot heir owners who will have to pay a fine of a hundred dollars for the infraction.
Each dog owner will have to register their name, occupation, residence and number of dogs owned. Since this middle of December, the Society has been active in promoting education and sensitization of the new upcoming regulation in the community. The deadline for dogs registration is January 31 2016.The Reporter