Approved the rules of pet care in Tbilisi
City Tbilisi Sakrebulo by majority vote approved a rule pet care and control populations. After activating the registration of dogs and cats is mandatory. The owner of the animal shall at the time of registration, or within one month after the registration of the animal, to provide the ability to identify an animal by microchip or tattoo, or tag and collar. The ID should provide the opportunity to establish a personal number, and to identify the animal.
The owner of the animal is responsible for the health, care and welfare of the animal and the protection of other people and animals from danger coming from your pet.
The owner of the animal is obliged to compensate the damages caused by the pet, in his or her ownership/possession in the manner prescribed by legislation of Georgia.
Under the new regulations, walking the dogs (except dogs of decorative breeds) in public areas (streets, stadiums, squares, parks and other places of public accumulation), except for special places walking, and transportation in the period 08:00 to 22:00 is only allowed on a short leash or muzzled. The walking and carriage of animals the same category in period from 22:00 to 08:00 hours allowed in a muzzle without a leash.
Hostingpackage is obliged to ensure cleaning of public space in the case of contamination of animals.
Order pet care and population control also takes into account the decrease in the birth rate and the number of homeless animals in the urban environment, during which procedures of spaying/neutering, and “other tested in world recognized international practice humane methods.”
The draft law was developed by the Agency monitoring the animals, and at the session of the city Assembly he was presented to the Chairman of the Commission for the conservation of environment Shorena Bukhrashvili. In her words, “the project is absolutely in line with the Convention of the Council of Europe. It details the articles and questions devised by the Commission for the conservation of environment of the city Assembly together with the other commissions and the various competent services”.
Parallel to the discussion and approval of new regulations, animal rights groups and owners of domestic animals held a protest at the city Assembly of Tbilisi.
According to participants, many paragraphs of the regulations ambiguous and allow interpretation. According to them, “you have not defined your priorities (castration/sterilization, or euthanasia). Not clearly defined which animals are subject to euthanasia. Not prescribed hygiene standards for shelters. The muzzle creates a danger to the health of the dog, and reinforces phobias of man. The time allotted for physical activity (08:00 – 22:00) uncomfortable. There is no special space for walking. The institutions where it is forbidden to introduce dogs, do not have the poles for their tying. The streets are no special bins for dog faeces. Animals which within 10 days will not find the owner, at the shelter in danger of euthanasia.”