Dog Owners Guide to Warsaw
On January 17th, 2013 a new city ordinance on maintaining cleanliness and order in Warsaw came into force. Rules concerning dog owners are in Chapter 6 on page 15.
By law on maintaining cleanliness and order in Warsaw
Obligations of owners or custodians of pets in order to avoid danger or inconvenience to other users of public space.
Obligations of owners or custodians of pets in order to protect people from danger or discomfort.
1. Owners or custodians of pets are fully responsible for the behavior of these animals and are obliged to continuously and effectively monitor them.
2. Owners or custodians of pets are required to take precautions to ensure protection of health and life of other people and animals.
3. During the transfer and movement of pets, their owners or custodians are obligated to take all the necessary precautions to guarantee safety of other people and animals, maintain public order and ensure property protection.
4. Owners or custodians of pets are required to endeavor to minimalize any inconvenience animals may cause other animals in public or private space.
5. On private property, dogs are permited to be loose if the land is fenced off to prevent the escape of the animal. Also a visible warning sign is required.
6. Dogs must be leashed in all public spaces. Potentially dangerous dogs must also wear a muzzle, and be under surveillance of an adult who will control them.
7. It is permited to release the dog off the leash only in areas rarely visited by people, and in the spaces marked as places for dogs, only when the owner or custodian of the dog can control the behavior of the animal.
8. It is forbidden for dogs and other pets to enter children’s playgrounds.
9. Provisions 7 and 8 do not concern assistance dogs, Law Enforcement or Emergency Services.
10. It is prohibited to leave dogs and other pets in uninhabited premises.
11. The owners or custodians of pets are obligated to have proof of current vaccinations required by the corresponding veterinary services.
12. It is recommended to tag and electronically identify dogs and cats (with a microchip).
13. If an animal is found unsupervised in a public space, and the owner information cannot be established through a microchip or a name-tag, the animal will be taken to an animal shelter. In case of exotic animals, they will be taken to a zoo.
14. The owners or custodians of reptiles, amphibians, birds, arthropods, including arachnids and insects and other exotic animals in residential and commercial buildings, must protect them from getting out from their enclosed spaces or private premises into the public space.
15. The owners or custodians of animals considered dangerous to human life or health are required to keep under section 73 of the Act of 16 April 2004 on the protection of nature (DU z 2009 r . Nr 151 poz. Pozn z 1220. zm. ).
16. Exotic animals must be tethered/leashed or in cages in public spaces.
Obligations of owners or custodians of pets in order to prevent pollution of public spaces.
1. Owners or custodians of pets are required to ensure / assure that the animals do not pollute the public spaces. Owners or custodians are obliged to immediately remove faeces.
2. Animals’ faeces must be put into labeled containers or waste containers for ” mixed waste”.
3. Obligation referred to in point 2 above does not apply to owners of assistance dogs and members of Law Enforcement and Emergency Services.
4. Carcasses of dead animals must be brought to dedicated burial sites or incineration sites that are approved by local authorities.
Since these regulations allow various interpretations, I consulted some terms with a Department of Environmental Protection
In the public space dogs should be tied with a leash. Dogs that are aggressive in addition must wear a muzzle. Dogs from the list of potentially dangerous breeds and mixes do not have to be muzzled – said the official of the Department of Environmental Protection of Mokotów district during the interview with PieswWarszawie.pl .
According to Bylaw dogs can be let loose in ” rarely visited ” sites. When asked about the correct interpretation of sites ” rarely frequented”, the official explained that it is difficult to define.
– I will not attempt to define this term, but I think that sites like Vistula inter-flood bank area or in Siekierki in Moktów district qualify. Regarding the urbanizations and city centre, it is even more difficult to indicate the safe places to let dogs loose. Parks like the popular Pole Mokotowskie by definition must be frequented by people – explains the official. He also states that much depends on the character of the dog and suggests the attitude based on common sense – It is important that the owner is sure that the dog does not constitute a threat to others.