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Abu Dhabi Authorities Crackdown on Illegal Pet Shop Practices

This is why Abu Dhabi Municipality authorities are making unannounced visits to pet stores

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22 July 2019

Last updated on 24 July 2019
Abu Dhabi Authorities Crackdown on Illegal Pet Shop Practices

Photo credit: Abu Dhabi Municipality

The surprise move was made to improve pet store standards and animal welfare

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi organised an awareness campaign with the goal of reminding pet shops of their obligation to follow animal welfare standards, and maintain pet store health and safety. Authorities, with the guidance of doctors, made unannounced visits to pet shops across the UAE to inspect the stores and animals.

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Officials added that the campaign aimed to educate the public and owners of animal shops on the importance of adhering to the rules and regulations set on animal conservation, and how to deal with and take care of them.

Heavy penalties will be given to any businesses caught violating animal welfare standards.

Pet businesses fines

Here are the most common fines faced by pet shop businesses.

  • Selling pets to customers under the age of 18: AED 3,000
  • Pet shops selling any protected species: AED 10,000
  • Abandoning unsold pets: AED 2,000
  • Knowingly selling sick pets to customers: AED 3,000
  • Unhygienic pet store and living spaces for animals: AED 1,000
Abu Dhabi Authorities Crackdown on Illegal Pet Shop Practices

Photo credit: Abu Dhabi Municipality

Inspectors reminds pet owners of regulations

Additionally, pet owners are reminded by Abu Dhabi authorities to adhere to the set rules and regulations - those who are caught not following animal welfare standards will face legal accountability.

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In 2018, the Abu Dhabi Municipality introduced several new measures regarding animal ownership, safety, and healthcare for owners.

Pet owners who have animals in their homes other than dogs and cats are required to have a permit, or they may receive a fine of AED 5,000.

When walking dogs in public spaces, pets must always be kept on a leash and they are banned from most shopping malls and restaurants.

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The revamped regulations also state that it's mandatory for all pet shops in the UAE to provide regular medical check-ups by a licensed vet.

Dr. Saeed Al Rumaithi, head of public safety at Abu Dhabi Municipality, said, "The municipality is always keen on raising awareness among the public on the regulations of owning a pet."