Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Failure to keep a dog on a lead could put you in prison for 6 months

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal Welfare Unit along with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service would like to remind the public that all dog owners must have their animals on a lead and under control when travelling with them in public. This includes taking them for walks on the public roads or on beaches. This is for the safety of all other members of the public as well as for the animals.

Failure to keep a dog on a lead in a public place is an offence under the Animals Law (2015 Revision) and a person contravening the Law is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $500 and 3 months in prison. A person with a dog off lead in a public place also runs the risk of being considered to having a dog dangerously out of control where there is a reasonable apprehension that the dog may injure any person or domestic animal, whether it does so or not.  A person convicted of such an offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $4,000 and 6 months in prison.

Persons in charge of a dog in a public place are also reminded of their responsibility to clean up after their animals. Failure to remove the faeces forthwith is an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of $2,000.

The DOA and the RCIPS want to encourage responsible animal ownership and encourage anyone who has questions regarding animal ownership and welfare to download the Responsible Dog Ownership Brochure from its website here. You can also visit the DOA website for more information, or contact your local Community Police Officer or Community Safety Officer for assistance by visiting the Community Policing Page on its website.

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