Animal Hospitals to Spay and Neuter Geneva’s Dangerous Dogs

April 4, 2017

in Cats

And that’s just the start of it. As of September 15, 2008, Geneva’s list of dogs declared as dangerous or vicious has grown to 15. The latest additions are the Bullmastiff, Thai Ridgeback, and French Mastiff, a.k.a. Bordeaux Bulldog.

These are only the most recent in Geneva’s history of dog prohibition. The latest wave began in June of 2005, when a child was killed by a Pitbull Terrier, followed shortly after with the injury of another child by the same breed.

The population’s outrage was felt in the first ever Geneva citizen vote, which resulted in a landslide 80 percent in favor of stricter laws regarding breed control and owner education and regulation.

Per Geneva’s new canine ownership regulations, any of the 15 breeds considered to be unsafe must be muzzled and leashed when outside of their own homes. They must be sterilized or castrated. Additionally, dogs that are mixed breeds, containing blood of any of the potentially fierce breeds, are subject to the same regulations as purebreds.

Owners who owned one of the identified breeds before legislation was passed may retain the dog, but only after reporting ownership to the cantonal veterinary office, proving that the canine came from an approved breeder, completing a dog training lessons, and licensing the dog. Only one dangerous breed is allowable per household.

Geneva divides the 15 breeds into different categories, with each category holding specific requirements. A complete list of dangerous breeds and set of laws can be acquired through Geneva’s cantonal veterinary office.

Moreover, dog walkers must now be licensed.

Besides provisions that must be made for dangerous breeds, Geneva’s dog owner population, custodians of the canton’s 30,000 dogs, is subject to new policy. As earlier stated, specific guidelines for the appropriate keeping of dogs must be followed. But in recent times, every dog owner is now required to attend a dog ownership course, despite their dog’s breed.

Geneva isn’t the only Swiss canton that’s lessening the leash when it comes to dog management. Valais, Fribourg, Bern, and Zurich have their own laws. And, prospects point toward future rulings regarding care and control of dogs in all of Switzerland, including tougher liability for owners and nationwide breed bans.

Whether you’re a lifelong Geneva resident, tourist, or emigrant, familiarizing yourself with the rules governing dog ownership within the canton will prevent tricky situations. Following those set of laws will protect you, your dog, and your record with the law.

Don’t fail to comply with Geneva’s newest, and oldest, dog ownership regulations by acquiring misinformation, or no information. These laws are in place to protect both you and your animal.

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