Costa Blanca News (North Edition)

Raquel López: Ex­pert in an­i­mal law

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START­ING this week in Costa Blanca News, the ex­pert and ed­u­ca­tor in an­i­mal law, Raquel López will be pro­vid­ing in­sight into rel­e­vant top­ics for pet own­ers, an­i­mal wel­fare as­so­ci­a­tions and any­one with an in­ter­est in our furry friends in Spain.

While work­ing as a lawyer in this field for 15 years, she was in­volved in le­gal res­cues of more than 600 abused an­i­mals, ob­tained over 20 con­vic­tions against peo­ple for abus­ing an­i­mals, and me­di­ated in the le­gal re­lo­ca­tion of wild an­i­mals from four cir­cuses.

Raquel now ded­i­cates her­self ex­clu­sively to train­ing oth­ers about the sub­ject, in­clud­ing lawyers, vets, train­ers, an­i­mal wel­fare as­so­ci­a­tions, law en­force­ment, the ju­di­ciary, coun­cil­lors, teach­ers and univer­sity stu­dents.

“My mis­sion is to re­duce mis­treat­ment of an­i­mals and ed­u­cate pro­fes­sion­als who pro­tect an­i­mals in or­der to fight ig­no­rance, as this is the big­gest prob­lem in Spain,” she ex­plained.

More in­for­ma­tion about Raquel’s

work is avail­able on her web­site, www.dean­i­mals.com, and Face­book page: DeAn­i­mals.

Tak­ing a dog for a walk dur­ing the state of emer­gency By Raquel López

The na­tional govern­ment’s Gen­eral Di­rec­torate for An­i­mal Rights (www.face­book.com/An­i­malesGob) cre­ated the first state pro­to­col to reg­u­late care of do­mes­tic an­i­mals, in­clud­ing feral cats.

On March 14, Royal De­cree 463/2020 de­clared a state of emer­gency to man­age the health cri­sis caused by the Covid-19 coro­n­avirus.

Ar­ti­cle 7 of this de­cree lim­its free move­ment of peo­ple, ba­si­cally pro­hibit­ing them to leave their homes apart from cer­tain ex­cep­tions. Log­i­cally peo­ple who have an­i­mals and/or care for feral cats or col­lab­o­rate with an­i­mal pro­tec­tion as­so­ci­a­tions have many doubts, such as the fol­low­ing:

1. Can I take my dog for a walk to do its busi­ness?

2. Can I go to the coun­try­side or to an­other res­i­dence of mine or of a friend or rel­a­tive who is help­less or not cur­rently liv­ing at home, to feed their an­i­mals?

3. Can I con­tinue to col­lab­o­rate as a vol­un­teer car­ry­ing out tasks for a res­cue cen­tre?

4. Can I feed feral cats?

5. Can I take my pet to the vet? The an­swer to the above five ques­tions is YES, you can.

The Gen­eral Di­rec­torate for An­i­mal Rights cre­ated a le­gal reg­u­la­tion called ‘In­struc­cion de March 19, 2020’, which es­tab­lishes cri­te­ria for care of do­mes­tic an­i­mals dur­ing the state of emer­gency.

We will an­a­lyse un­der what con­di­tions it is per­mit­ted to take a dog for a walk.

1. I can only walk my dog if I am not pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus or I am not quar­an­tined at home by med­i­cal or­der.

2. I can only walk my dog alone, I can­not be ac­com­pa­nied by any­one else.

3. If I have sev­eral dogs and cope well with them,

I can take them all out at once.

4. I can only walk my dog for the min­i­mum time re­quired for him to re­lieve him­self.

5. I can­not go for a walk with other friends or ac­quain­tances who also have a dog and if I meet some­one, I must stay away from that per­son.

6. The dog must al­ways be on a leash.

7. I must carry the dog's vet­eri­nary pass­port with me, in case the po­lice stop me and ask me to prove the an­i­mal is mine.

8. If the dog I walk is not mine, I must carry with me its vet­eri­nary pass­port and a let­ter from the owner of the dog (a pri­vate per­son or an­i­mal res­cue) au­tho­ris­ing me to walk the dog and/or take care of it.

9. If it is a dog clas­si­fied as po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous, I must also carry the li­cence for the pos­ses­sion of po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous an­i­mals. And if I have sev­eral dogs con­sid­ered as po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous, I can only walk them one by one.

10. It is rec­om­mended to dis­in­fect the dog be­fore en­ter­ing the house, in­clud­ing all four paws, tail and muz­zle.

If you want an au­tho­ri­sa­tion form to walk the dog of a friend, rel­a­tive or acquaintan­ce, down­load the free form in Span­ish from my web­site.

In the next ar­ti­cle, I will tell you what you should know and what doc­u­ments you need if you feed feral cats.

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