Regulations relating to a requirement to keep dogs on a leash in Svalbard

The purpose of these regulations is to protect people and the fauna in Svalbard from dogs that are not on a leash.

§ 1. (purpose)

The purpose of these regulations is to protect people and the fauna in Svalbard from dogs that are not on a leash.

§ 2. (requirement to keep dogs on a leash)

Dogs of the breeds Samoyed, Greenland dog, Siberian husky and Alaskan malamute, and cross-breeds in which the size and temperament indicate that northern breeds are dominant, shall be kept on a leash or safely confined or fenced in at all times of year.

The Governor may also order that individual dogs of other breeds or cross-breeds than those listed in the first paragraph are to be kept on a leash at all times of year if such dogs represent a risk of injury to people or the fauna.

The owner or possessor of any other dog than those mentioned in the first and second paragraphs shall keep the dog on a leash or safely confined or fenced in during the period 15 May to 15 August.

§ 3. (duty to keep a dog under appropriate control)

In areas that are open for general access and passage, dogs that are not on a leash must be controlled in an appropriate manner at all times of year.

§ 4. (exemptions)

In special cases, the Governor may grant exemptions from section 2 of these regulations.

§ 5. (dogs that must be put down)

The Governor may require a dog to be put down or arrange for a dog to be put down if it is not kept on a leash as required by the provisions of these regulations or if it represents a risk for people or animals in Svalbard.

§ 6. (amendments)

The Governor may amend these regulations.

§ 7. (entry into force and repeal of other regulations)

These regulations enter into force on 1 July 2002. From the same date, the Regulations of 16 ovember 1989 No. 1257 relating to the requirement to keep dogs on a leash in Svalbard are repealed.

Read regulation at lovdata.no

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