Importing and Keeping Pets in Spain

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If you want to bring your pet into Spain when you relocate there are a few things that you must put into place beforehand. The rules differ depending on what kind of pet you want to bring with you, but in general a pet can be imported if

It is accompanied by the owner or a representative of the owner

The pet must have a certificate of origin and health if it is more than 3 months old – this certificate also states that the pet has been under the supervision of the owner for 3 months before importation and declares that the pet is not intended for trade

If you are importing a dog the certificate would also state that the anti-rabies inoculation is valid. The rabies jab must have been taken place in the last year – although in certain cases this is reduced to 6 months. You get this certificate from the Animal Health Divisional Office – your vet will be able to point you in the right direction.

If you want to bring in a bird, a monkey or other species you will need a certificate that states there has been no outbreak of disease that would affect that species for the last 60 days.

In March 2006 it became obligatory to chip dogs, cats and ferrets – if you do not have a chip in your pet you could be fined anything between 500EUR and 2,000EUR

There are also regulations to cover dangerous or exotic pets that may be a threat to people or the environment – the national law on dangerous animals was introduced in 1999. New regulations coming into force in February 2008 cover crocodiles, lions, snakes, alligators, various amphibians, reptiles, primates and mammals.

Anyone who has crocodiles, alligators or other reptiles larger than 2 kilos

Amphibians, spiders, scorpions, snakes, crustaceans etc. or fish whose bite can cause harm to humans

Carnivorous animals larger than 5 kilos or primates and wild mammals larger than 10 kilos has a period of six months to hand the following animals in to public facilities or officially sanctioned private facilities – if not you face a fine of up to 115,000EUR

New regulations cover such pets as crocodiles, alligators, lions, snakes, primates and various amphibians, reptiles and mammals.

The law covering dangerous dogs has included the Doberman to this list  – Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Argentinian Dogo, Brazilian Fila, Toso Inu and Akita Inu. There is also a new category and regulations on animals that have been trained to attack. All of the above breed of dogs deemed dangerous, plus any dog trained to attack are only allowed on public thoroughfares if attached by a 1 meter unbreakable lead and are muzzled – plus they must be controlled by an adult, and only one dog per adult. The owner will need a special license from their local authority – and in order to get one of these licenses the owner must have no felony convictions, must take a test to make sure they comply with physical and psychological requirements and take out third party insurance of 175,000EUR.

These dangerous dogs are banned from areas used by children – parks, school playgrounds etc. The dog owner must carry a Documento Autonómico de Identificación y Registro Animal (Animal Identity and Registration Document.)

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Source by Nicky Furre

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