A total of 28 animal welfare violations were registered during a joint operation involving Faro Council’s municipal veterinary service (SVM) and PSP police, which was carried out at the Horta da Areia neighbourhood on June 15.
The goal was to “ensure compliance with regulations and raise awareness about proper pet care”, the local council said in a statement to the press.
A total of 17 dogs were checked on, leading to 28 infractions. The most common violations were the absence of mandatory electronic identification, or microchips, meaning that the dogs were not registered in the national pet animal information system (SIAC). Several dogs were also found to be roaming the streets unsupervised, which led to their owners being fined.
Three stray dogs were also captured and taken to Faro’s official animal shelter.
The council added that its municipal veterinary services will continue carrying out similar operations to guarantee that pet animal regulations are respected in the borough.