Dog law still missing

Rules outlining where dogs can be off the leash are long overdue

A plan for where dogs would be allowed to exercise off of the leash is a half a year overdue. The ordinance with specific places where dogs could roam free had originally been due last November, and then the date was moved to April.

Currently, there are a few places regulated by park ordinances that allow dogs to be off leashes. Currently, there are a few places regulated by park ordinances that allow dogs to be off leashes. The rest of the city requires dogs to be on leashes in public at all times. Despite promises made last year, the project for making a new regulation is still at its beginning. Prague spokesman Vít Hofman said that the city is still working to find a solution. Some parts of the city did not even comment on issue, which put the burden of finding locations on City Hall. The city still has to negotiate with property owners. Hofman could not estimate when this would be finished.

A proposal was ready last June and was to take effect in November, but the local administrations of several city districts opposed the wording. Prague 5, 6 and 11 in particular were objected to it. These areas said that the ordinance was unnecessarily restrictive of the movement of dogs. Prague 9 objected to the imprecise definition of what a leash is. Other districts wanted the number of places that allow free movement of dogs expanded. The city, however, blames the delays on inadequate cooperation from the districts in identifying places for free exercise.

Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO) admits the original ordinance was too strict, and was unnecessary bullying of dog owners on account of the few that could not control their pets.

In 2015, there were 97,404 dogs registered in the city, with the largest numbers in Prague 4 and 6, which had more than 8,000 each. Dogs over six months old are required to have a microchip or tattoo identifying the owner.

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