On January 1, 2015, the Dog Act, adopted unanimously by the Aruban Parliament, went into effect.
If you own a dog, what does this mean for YOU?
- YOU must always keep your dog on YOUR terrain! If your terrain is not completely fenced, you must use a dog run cable (of at least 10 meters long) or a dog run (of at least 2 meters high and 7 m²) for free movement of the dog.
- Outside your terrain, your dog must be on a leash.
- You are obligated to provide proper care for your dog. This means: daily sufficient and balanced food; drink water always available; shelter from sun, rain, and wind; and medical care of a veterinarian when needed.
- Animal abuse, including dog fighting, is punishable as a criminal offense.
Breaking this law can result in a fine, incarceration of the owner, and/or confiscation of your dog. Maximum fine is Afl. 10,000. Repeat offenders will receive higher fines.
Read the law in full for detailed information.
- Dog Law (Dutch) | Dog Law (English)
- Ministerial decree 67 (Dutch) | Ministerial Decree 67 (English)
- Ministerial Decree 68 (Dutch) | Ministerial Decree 68 (English)
- Explanatory Memorandum (Dutch) | Explanatory Memorandum (English)