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Stray pets are auctioned after proper investigation

06/30/2009 10:52 PM

Dubai: A stray saluki, a couple of deer and an African grey parrot were auctioned by the veterinary section of the Dubai municipality, highlighting the problem of animals being abandoned, especially in summer.

The auctioned pets and cattle were found abandoned or stray by the section's inspection team and were brought to the section and cared for until their owners were contacted.

Engineer Hashim Mohammad Al Awadi, the section head, said that a special committee is set up to look into the auction.

"Once we get these pets and cattle at the section, we first run a check on our data bank and see whether or not these animals are registered. Owners of registered animals are contacted. For small animals such as dogs and cats, the owners are required to contact us within three days but for large animals like cows and camels they are given a week. If owners fail to report at the section, the animals are auctioned. If the owners come looking for the animals after the deadline, the municipality is not responsible," said Al Awadi.

He said that there is no fixed date and day set for the auction as it depends on the number of animals confiscated by the section.

According to him members of the public interested in participating in the auction can get details by logging on to the Dubai Municipality portal. The section is currently busy with an awareness campaign that aims to educate pet owners on how to take care of their pets indoors and outdoors.

"Registering and keeping your pets and cattle vaccinated is mandatory. The registration fee for dogs is Dh250 while for cats it is Dh220," he said.

Know the law:  Fines and penalties

- If a pet is not registered or vaccinated, the fine is Dh200. It will be double if the offence is repeated. 
- If the owner walks his pet in areas that are prohibited like public parks and beaches, the fine is Dh200. It will be Dh500 for a repeat offence. 
- If the pet causes harm to property or an individual, the fine is Dh5,000.
- Pet owners found not cleaning their pet excrement will be fined Dh200. The fine will double for a repeat violation.

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