Chilean residents could pay high fees for feeding homeless animals

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Santiago de Chile’s Mayor, Carolina Tohá, has banned city residents from feeding homeless animals. Those who feed stray animals could be forced to pay a $400 fine.

Tohá’s latest law is meant to persuade the public to become responsible pet owners. The law states that it will be illegal to feed stray dogs, unless those who decide to feed the animals also become responsible for them as if the animals were their own pets. If the person does not look after the stray animal on a daily base, the person will have to pay the $400 fee and will be charged with animal cruelty and abandonment.

The law also states that those individual who occasionally feed stray dogs or offer them a place to stay – be it on public or private spaces – will have to be responsible for picking up the animals’ feces and left over food.

Tohá plans to inform the public about this new law in the next three months. After this period, the law will take effect and fines will be handed out to those violating the decree


4 thoughts on “Chilean residents could pay high fees for feeding homeless animals”

  1. I just ask myself who are the people who think of these idiotic laws?! This law won’t make people think twice when they go dump their dogs! Now what they are doing is starving the stray dogs, making the stray dogs go trough trash at night. Starving dogs also become more aggressive.

    This isn’t helping the stray population. Why don’t people think about spay and neutering strays?

  2. How is this solving anything? First these dogs are left abandoned by some cruel person, now they are going to be made to suffer even more. The government needs to help these animals with more spaying and neutering efforts, not let them slowly die of hunger.

  3. Mr. little bureaucrat needs to be removed from office – maybe he can starve himself for awhile and see if it teaches him anything.


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