The Abu Dhabi Municipality has cautioned that failing to keep your dog on a leash when out in public places in Abu Dhabi might result in a punishment of at least Dh5,000. Additionally, dogs are not permitted in restaurants and retail centers.
The announcement was made as part of a recent municipal awareness drive for animal welfare.
“The campaign is intended to remind pet owners and dealers about the law and the need to be aware of their duty to take good care of animals,” said Dr. Saeed Mohammed Al Rumaithi, head of public safety at the Abu Dhabi Municipality. Abandoning pets on the street, for example, is punishable by a Dh2,000 fine, he said.
The municipality also wants to ensure responsible pet ownership and the preservation of endangered animals through the awareness campaign.
Al Rumaithi reminded the public that the law slaps fines of up to Dh10,000 on any business caught selling protected species, while anyone found selling a sick animal must pay a fine of Dh3,000.
Except for cats and dogs, it is against the law to keep animals in villas and apartments without municipality authorization. Residents who are discovered without a permit may be fined 5,000 Dh.
In accordance with the new legislation, pet dealers must also ensure that their animals receive routine medical examinations.
Pet store owners have been informed that selling animals to minors is prohibited unless they are accompanied by an adult. Someone who breaks the rule will be fined Dh3,000.