Dubai Prosecutes First Ban Breaker
Dubai, UAE - A man has been fined dhs200 for keeping a banned breed of dog in his flat. It is the first time that Dubai Municipality has issued a fine after it implemented new rules prohibiting the presence of 16 breeds of dogs in apartments, public places, markets and shopping centers.
The new rule came into effect January 1, 2008. Hashim Al Awadhi, Head of Veterinary Section in the municipality, said that he fined the man after finding a Rottweiler in his flat. The owner was asked to give a written undertaking that he will never keep a banned breed of dog in his flat again (people are allowed to keep such dogs in residential villas and farmhouses but not in flats).
According to Awadhi, the municipality acted upon the complaints filed by the neighbors living in the same apartment. He adds, "Those breeds which have been banned are the ones that are not suitable to be raised in apartments. They can pose grave danger to children and other people residing in the apartments."