From January 1, keeping dogs on chain is forbidden; those who do it can expect a HUF 150 thousand animal protection penalty. The animal protection law expert expects several trials, hirado.hu wrote.
Animal protection law expert Robert Czerny underlined on M1 TV’s program that if an animal runs away scared of petards, the owner cannot pass the responsibility to other people. A government decree provides that in such situations, the owner has to prevent the escape, for example, by closing the animals or giving them mild tranquilizers. However, if an owner chains the dog, they can expect a HUF 150 thousand fine. Those who do not prevent the escape of their dogs can calculate with a 90-100 thousand forints fine. In order to reduce the risk of having to pay such hefty fines, try using dog collars instead.
The lawyer pointed out the government regulation was introduced in the summer of 2012, so there was a two and a half-year preparation time, and animal rights activists also said the change would come. However, few people know it yet, partly due to the lack of governmental communication.
According to hirado.hu, Robert Czeny said it is a civil right issue as well, since several people will come with the complaints that the released dogs cross over the fences and cause damages. And if someone does not release the dog from the chain, then they will be reported because of that. The new rule will provide an “excellent” legal basis for this.