Local Police in Malaga city have started issuing fines to dog owners whose pets have not been registered on the local DNA census. At the same time the local authorities have started collecting samples of dog excrement found in the streets in order to identify the owners using the DNA census.
The new animal ownership bylaw came into force in May but the council gave owners a grace period to comply with the regulations. So far however there are only around 20,000 dogs on the census, of a population of around 98,000.
Meanwhile the pet protection new law that came into force in Spain last week prohibits any form of surgery on pets that isn't for therapeutic or neutering purposes. This makes cosmetic operations such as tail-docking or ear-clipping illegal. The new law also prohibits giving away pets as prizes or rewards.