The Danish dog law

Greater peace of mind for dog-owners in Denmark. Since 1 July 2014 it is illegal to shoot stray dogs in Denmark. Also a much-criticised rule, which has resulted in unnecessary destruction of dogs, has been amended.

On 11 June 2014, the Danish Parliament, the Folketing, enacted a new dog law. Among other things, this means that it is illegal to shoot stray dogs. However, the dog-owner risks a fine of up to DKK 2,000 (about 270 Euros) if his or her dog repeatedly noses around on other people’s property.Dog-owners have a responsibility for their dogs and must ensure that the dogs do not stray and make people feel afraid.

The new dog law also implied changes to the paragraphs about savaging. Formerly it was the job of the police to decide whether a dog had savaged a person or another animal and had to be killed for that reason. Now, dog-owners will have the right to an assessment by a dog expert.

The new law gives greater peace of mind to both Danish dog-owners and foreign tourists who take their dogs with them while holidaying in Denmark.