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Vienna's New Initiative for Dog Welfare: 'Wiener Hunde-Team'

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Nitish Verma
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Vienna's New Initiative for Dog Welfare: 'Wiener Hunde-Team'

Beginning in February 2023, Vienna will see a new initiative to address animal welfare and regulatory issues concerning the city's substantial dog population. The experienced veterinarian, Janina Trann, will helm the 'Wiener Hunde-Team', a 20-member contingent drawn from the city's Veterinary Office. Their mission is to educate dog owners on the regulations governing dog zones, dog exercise areas, and known problem areas.

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Addressing a Growing Problem

With a staggering 57,000 dogs registered in Vienna, conflicts are inevitable. Each year, approximately 500 dogs are found without owners, and many are not correctly registered in the pet database. This lack of proper registration makes it challenging to reunite these lost pets with their owners. The 'Wiener Hunde-Team' aims to alleviate this issue by offering a free service from March to October to help register dogs.

Maintaining Order and Compliance

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The team's responsibilities extend beyond education and registration. They also have the authority to enforce compliance with leash and muzzle regulations. Fines for non-adherence will start at 50 euros. The team will also file reports for issues such as unregistered dogs or unpaid dog taxes, ensuring that the city's regulations are respected and followed.

Keeping the Public Informed

As part of their mandate, the 'Wiener Hunde-Team' will provide information about the city's services and ongoing updates on consultation locations via the city's website. This accessibility ensures that dog owners in Vienna can easily find and engage with the team, contributing to better animal welfare and compliance with the city's regulations.

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