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UAE: Abandoning pets will get you fined Dh10,000

Residents caught abandoning pets will face fines of up to Dh10,000, according to the Abu Dhabi Municipality.

Rescue groups in the UAE have reported an increase in the number of incidents of pets being abandoned by their owners in the past few years. The figures increased dramatically during the pandemic, they said.

Rescuers claim that expats who are forced to leave the country due to financial hardships or unexpected unemployment are abandoning their dogs or cats.

Under the UAE law on animal control, it is also illegal to sell pets to anyone under the age of 18. Violators will be fined Dh3,000.

Other offences that carry penalties include the sale of animals without a permit and selling the ones that are sick. Sellers must have a permit from authorities as well as medical certificates for the animals they are selling. Buyers of animals sold illegally will also face penalties. ICA/Expat Media

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