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Accion del Sol: Why you MUST register your “dangerous dog breed” 


Accion del Sol would like to remind you all that as well as registering your dog at your local town hall regardless of breed or size that the following dogs do require an additional “dangerous dog licence”.

These are the Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro and Tosa Inu Akita.

What you need to do to get your dangerous dog legalised in Tenerife is a question we are very often asked. It involves a lot of red tape and some rather unusual processes to go through but it is quite simply the law.

Please don´t let com-plexities put you off because if you truly love your dog, you will want to protect it and safeguard its future as well as doing everything within your power to avoid any sort of tragedy.

The information was kindly supplied by Marion of the Accion del Sol dogs´ refuge at Granadilla and Marion would be happy to explain anything you don´t understand if you would like to phone, visit or email.

You will see from our list which breeds are classified as potentially dangerous and need a special licence and are subject to strict controls such as needing to be muzzled when being walked (and only one at a time) and only owned by someone over 18 and without a police record. You might think you would never be stopped but the police everywhere are being more vigilant about this problem and do conduct spot checks.

You first step is to go to the SAC office at your local town hall and request a form known as Solicitud de Inscripcion en el Censo de Animales Do-mesticos Y/O Potencialmente Peligrosos. You will need various papers such as your NIE and passport and your dog´s microchipping evi-dence etc. The document is in Spanish.

Next, surprisingly, you have to take yourself to your local centro medico and have a medical which will determine if you are fit to keep a potentially dangerous dog (eyesight, blood pressure, reactions etc) and why you want one. You will also be asked to take a questionnaire with 60 questions. This is the main cost involved at 53 euros.

A visit to the Mapfre building in Santa Cruz is also necessary to obtain a certificate which will eventually be returned to you confirming you have no criminal record. If you do, you will not be allowed to get a licence.

You also need to take out dog insurance with a mi-nimum cover of 120,000 euros (on your house insurance or a separate policy) and will need to sign and complete another form from the SAC (Peticion deAntecedentes Penales de Registro Central de Penados y Rebeldes).

Eventually, you take all the papers, micro chipping docu-ment, innoculation verifi-cations etc back to the SAC and you will receive a preli-minary certificate. Subject to all the paperwork being correct, your licence will be issued in a month or so later.

As you might guess, this whole process is lengthy and complicated but it is the right way to get your potentially dangerous dog legalised.

You should also be aware that if someone else is walking your dog and it attacks a person or another animal, it is still your responsibility, not the minder´s. Your premises should also display a dangerous dog sign and you should always carry your licence and the dog´s paperwork when walking the dog.

You must also take these steps if you want to adopt a dangerous dog breed from a refuge and should not be allowed to take it away until you have the paperwork.

It is, we are sure you will agree, quite an eye opener to discover the procedures involved which take around two months. But the law is the law and the only way not to fall foul of it is to bite the bullet and get on with it!

Your help

Please do call the refuge on 922778630 if you can help in any way. We are always in need of tinned dog food for our older dogs, blankets, towels, sheets, dog toys, and collars and leads. If you have any of the above to spare they would be very much appreciated at the refuge, or visit Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 14.00-17.00pm and Saturdays 13.00- 16.00.

We are situated directly next to the Eolica Parque exit 51b on the TF1 north bound which is after the after the El Medano junction and junction 52 south bound . Head for the giant windmills on the coast and we are the buildings on the right hand side or email the refuge at teneriffa@aktiontier.org or visit our Facebook page “action tier