Did you know there are legal responsibilities that come hand-in-hand with having a pet? As a responsible pet owner, we must know about the laws in order to protect ourselves and our pets - more than just giving our pets food and water. Every pet owner should be aware of legal responsibilities of owning pets - If you fail to comply with legal requirements such as microchipping and registration, you can be fined. It's just not worth to break the laws and put our furry companions at risk. Check out these pet-related laws will help you to avoid fines and potential problems with the society.
Animals and Birds Act
The Animals and Birds Act specifies some mandatory requirements for care of pets in Singapore. For instance, dog licensing is a must for every dog owner. Under Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules, all dogs must be licensed for rabies control, and failure to do so attracts a fine of up to $5,000. It states the legal pet limits too - no one shall keep more than 3 dogs in any premises (not being a dog farm or a pet shop) without the prior permission of the Director-General.
Keep in mind that owning a restricted breed dog may put yourself and the public at risk. The Part I of Schedule Two has stated the list of restricted breeds, including Pitbull, Tosa and Akita. The owner is allowed to keep only one dog of the breed specified in a premise and the dog shall be implanted with a microchip. Muzzled and leashed in public, spayed, obedience training and liability insurance of $100,000 minimum - all of these are the must-do requirements for owning a restricted breed. Plus, the licensee shall furnish to the Director-General security in the form of a banker’s guarantee for $5,000, which shall be forfeited if he or she fails to comply with any of the restrictions.
For the dog breeds stated in Part II of Schedule Two, such as German Shepherd and Rottweiler, the owner is allowed to keep only one dog of the breed specified in a premise and the dog must be microchipped. The restrictions stated in Part II are similar to Part I, however, only $2,000 is needed for the deposit and neutering is not necessary.