DNI for dogs and cats: the mandatory document that is already in force in Spain

From this Wednesday, January 5, 2022, the preliminary draft law on Protection and Rights of Animals where certain measures are given such as the prohibition of sacrificing animals, the end of pet purchases and the obligation to have a Animal DNI.

Thus, Spanish law states that it will be mandatory “the registration of any pet that, in accordance with the provisions of this law or the regulatory provisions of the autonomous communities, has any identification system.”

The main objective with the measure is the creation of a large national database so that you can have a more organized and optimal control of the different pets. This will ensure the well-being of the conceited, avoid abandonment and ensure their rights.

It is still necessary to specify what will be the process to obtain the animal DNI. Meanwhile, the management of the document would fall into the hands of the autonomous communities.

Various Spanish media indicate that, probably, this Pet ID will have electronic format which will incorporate a QR code, so that the State Security Forces and Bodies can access the entire history of the animal quickly and easily.

In addition, the document must register data about the animal like the calendar of vaccines or veterinary treatments to which it has been subjected.

Another positive aspect of this amendment to the law is that from now on pets will be “living beings endowed with sensitivity”.

This means that, among other things, this type of dispute will be clarified and the right to joint custody will be granted for companion animals, considered as “living beings endowed with sensitivity” and not simply “things”.

In the event of a disputed divorce, the judge must now consider “the future of companion animals, taking into account the interests of family members and the welfare of the animal, the distribution of custody and care times,” he says. this text, defended by the socialists and by the radical left party Podemos – in power in the country -, which came into force on Wednesday.

A domestic cat, dog, turtle, fish or bird may be the object of alternate custody. Until now, the custody of companion animals in the event of divorce had “been the subject of controversy before the courts,” which led to this modification of the Spanish Civil Code, the text continues.

This law also obliges owners to “guarantee the welfare” of their animals. If not, or if a person has a history of animal abuse, custody can now be denied or withdrawn by a judge.

The welfare of the animal must also be taken into account by the courts in the event of a disputed succession if several heirs claim their custody.

With information from AFP