Dog owners required to register pets

James Kon & Azlan Othman

Dog owners must register their pets before February 1 and failure to do so will result in a fine or imprisonment, the Ministry of Home Affairs said yesterday.

The ministry said it is an offence under Section 4, Chapter 60 of the Dogs Act to own an unregistered canine pet.

An owner found guilty can be fined BND250 or face 14 days of imprisonment for the first offence. Subsequent offences can can lead to a fine of BND500 or one month’s imprisonment.

However, it added, dogs have to be at least three months old to qualify for registration.

“Registration can be done over the counter at the Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Department, Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Department, Tutong Municipal Department and Temburong District Office. The counters are open from Monday to Thursday 8am to noon and 1.30-3pm, from 7.45-10am on Saturdays.”

The ministry said registered dogs should have a tag around the neck at all time, failing which will result in a BND250 fine or a month’s imprisonment under Section 5(1), Chapter 60 of the Dogs Act.

“Dog owners should keep their pets in the home compound, either in a cage or on a leash,” the ministry added.