For improper treatment of animals, as a result of which people suffered, the owner of the four-legged dog was offered to be punished with a fine of 10 thousand to 250 thousand rubles. The amount of the penalty will depend on who acts as the owner or responsible – a citizen, an official or a company. In addition, they want to give the Government the right to approve methodological guidelines that the regions will follow to protect citizens from attacks by stray dogs. The deputies spoke about the planned norms at a meeting of the State Duma working group on improving legislation on the responsible treatment of animals on June 14.
For ordinary dog lovers and officials
Judging by the text of the amendments published in the system for ensuring legislative activity, for a violation in the field of treatment of animals that has caused harm to life or health of people or property, a fine for citizens can be 10-30 thousand rubles, for officials – 50-100 thousand, for legal entities – 100-200 thousand rubles. For a similar offense, if the rules for dealing specifically with homeless animals are violated, citizens can be fined 15-30 thousand rubles, officials, including those working in state bodies, 100-200 thousand rubles, and companies – 200-250 thousand rubles. But administrative punishment is possible only if no one died, explained the head of the working group, first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Ecology, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Vladimir Burmatov. If a tragedy occurs, the culprit can be prosecuted.
According to Burmatov, the amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses will make it possible to prosecute officials who ignore their duty to control the situation with stray animals.
“It is clear that these measures are not the last ones, but we plan to take them in the near future as part of the spring session,” Vladimir Burmatov told Parliamentary Gazeta. The Duma Committee on State Building and Legislation has already approved the amendments.
“Even sterilized animals can flock and show aggression,” he explained to Parliamentary Newspaper.
To release or not – a question for authorized persons
The working group also proposed editing a bill that gives regional authorities the right to establish additional requirements for keeping and walking pets. If the amendment is adopted, the Government must approve the guidelines “on the prevention of harm to life or health of citizens by animals without owners.” In accordance with them, the regions will develop appropriate regional acts, Burmatov told our publication.
In such a document, the regions need to be entrusted with three things, the director of the Nizhny Novgorod organization “Zoozaschita NN” believes Vladimir Groysman.
“Firstly, it is necessary to allocate a sufficient amount of funds for manipulations with one dog – in Russia this is no less than 10-13 thousand rubles,” he told Parliamentary Newspaper after the meeting of the working group.
If you choose companies that are ready to “do everything for a hundred rubles”, there is a high risk that they will catch the dog and release it without having been vaccinated and castrated.
In his opinion, if at least 70 percent of four-legged vagrants in the region are caught, sterilized, vaccinated and tested for unmotivated aggression in order to leave aggressive individuals to survive in the shelter, the number of homeless animals will drop sharply. “In our Nizhny Novgorod region, this figure has decreased by six times,” Groysman said.
In addition, the deputies’ amendments to the bill oblige local authorities to determine places where dogs from shelters cannot be released. These are, for example, territories where schools, hospitals and other children’s and social institutions are located, Burmatov explained. The regions must also approve a list of authorized persons who will decide whether to leave animals in a shelter or return them to their natural habitat.
Hotline for complaints about stray dogs and flayers
Members of the working group included some wishes in the draft resolution of the State Duma, which will be proposed to be adopted at the plenary session.
They want to recommend to the government the development of a project for the construction of animal shelters at the expense of the federal budget. According to Burmatov, half of the money should be allocated by the regions themselves, and the other half by the Federal Center.
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Among other proposals to the Cabinet of Ministers is to make a unified system for responding to reports of stray animals or facts of cruel treatment to them. It may be a hotline of some of the authorities. The main thing is that people know which phone to call if they see a pack of stray dogs that need to be caught, placed in a shelter, sterilized and vaccinated, or if they witnessed someone abuse animals, the MP said. newspaper.”
The deputies will recommend to the regions to provide systems for recording and monitoring the number of stray animals, as well as to launch programs for their preferential sterilization.
But many subjects are unlikely to pull such a load, says Nikolai Valuev. “Preferential sterilization should be financed from the federal budget,” he believes. Moreover, in his opinion, over time, sterilization could be made mandatory, including at the expense of the state for preferential categories.