The new Dog Act states that:
- You, owner or caretaker, are responsible for the well-being of your dog (food, water, shelter, enough space to walk around, and veterinary medical care when suffering).
- You should always keep your dog on your terrain and it also states how you must do that in a Ministerial Decree: fenced in, dog run cable, or dog run.
- Outside your terrain you must keep your dog on a leash.
- Dogfights are a criminal offense.
- For dangerous dogs you need a permit. Dogs can be appointed as “dangerous dogs” in 3 ways:
- By race. This has not been done yet because there is still debate on this issue.
- When a dog is known to be a dangerous dog.
- When a dog has been involved in a serious bite incident where police have made an official report.
When the new Dog Act comes into power, initially only owners who are aware they have a dangerous dog will be required to have a permit (see b. above).
- You can be fined or even sent to jail if you don’t comply.