Owners of aggressive pets to face fines if pets not muzzled

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/11/07
By: Chen Cheng-wei and Lilian Wu

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) The Council of Agriculture said Monday that when owners take an aggressive pet

Pit bull (photo of Dante Alighieri,CC BY 3.0)

Pit bull (photo of Dante Alighieri,CC BY 3.0)

outside, they must keep the pet on a leash and have them wear a muzzle or face a fine of up to NT$150,000 (US$4,763).

According to the Animal Protection Act put in force by the COA in 2001, dogs weighing over 23 kilograms with a previous record of attacking others must wear a muzzle when in a public place or a venue with public access.

The accompanying adult should also keep them on a leash not longer than 1.5 meters.

Among the breeds identified as “aggressive” are pit bulls(比特犬), Japanese Tosas (日本土佐犬)and Neapolitan Mastiffs(紐波利頓犬). Other breeds included in line with global trends are Dogo Argentinos(阿根廷杜告犬), Fila Brasileiros (巴西菲勒犬) and Mastiffs (獒犬).

The COA said that if owners fail to follow the regulations, they will be subject to fines of between NT$30,000 and NT$150,000.    [FULL  STORY]

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