Licence for dogs as pets mandatory

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ALL dogs above three years of age kept as pets in Belait need to be issued a dog licence on an annual basis by registering with the Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Board.

The Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Board in a statement issued yesterday said that the licence needs to be renewed or registered before February 1 annually at the ground floor of the board's main building along Jalan McKerron in Kuala Belait.

When registered, the board will provide owners with a special tag that should be worn on the dog's neck at all times.

The statement added that the dogs should be reared and kept “in a cage, secure compound or on a leash”, and should “always remain in the premises” of the owner only. Registration and renewal can be done at the payment counter from 7.30am to 12pm on Monday through to Thursday, while Saturdays are open from 8 to 10 in the morning.

Failure to register dogs above three years old kept as pets is an offence under the Section 60, Chapters 4 and 5 of the Dogs Act, punishable by a $250 fine or 14 days imprisonment.

A second, subsequent offence carries a $500 fine or a month in jail. Owners of dogs who are registered, but fail to sport their tag are also punishable by a fine of $250 or a month in prison.

The Brunei Times