In summer, it is not unusual for temperatures in the atmosphere to reach over 30 degrees Celsius. Humans can adapt to this, but this is not always the case for pets. They can retreat into the shade, but they cannot take off their fur. That's why we also take care of them before leaving home!

picture of a dog in the boot of a vehicleAdequate care includes fresh water, food and, of course, shade

Due to their different body structure and biological characteristics, animals regulate heat differently, so they need appropriate care on hot days. Provide them with a suitable place in a shaded position, preferably in cold rooms. They should have fresh drinking water and food available. This applies to all animals, not just dogs and cats, which are the most common pets.

Special conditions for transporting animals

If you are going to spend your holiday together with your pets, you should be aware that the Animal Protection Act stipulates special conditions for the transport of animals, and care must be taken not to transport animals that are not capable for transport. Animals that you will transport with you should be given special care, such as ensuring adequate ventilation, temperature, sufficient amount of water, etc. If your pet is a dog, remember to keep it on a leash in public places.

Violation of these provisions during transportation, as well as during everyday handling of the animal, is considered torture and as such is a misdemeanor, and in more severe forms, a criminal act.

Advice for owners or guardians of animals

  • During holidays, pets must be provided with complete and comprehensive care, especially fresh water and food.
  • If you are going away from home for a long time, it is necessary to find either home care for the animals or accommodation in care centers (in so-called pet hotels or other organizations).
  • During transport in personal vehicles or other means of transport, animals must be provided with a comfortable and, above all, safe ride (use of animal transport boxes) and several stops along the journey route to allow the animals to relax.
  • If you travel with your pet to other countries, find out about the documents the animal needs to cross national borders. It is also necessary to inquire about the risk of infectious diseases and other diseases in that area.
  • When walking in public places, owners or guardians must keep dogs on leashes.
  • The dangerous dog must be equipped not only with a leash, but also with a muzzle by its owners or guardians. The accommodation of a dangerous dog at home must be in a closed structure (kennel) and arranged in such a way that the dog cannot leave it without the presence of the owner or guardian.
  • Owners or guardians of exotic animals must ensure that they are not dangerous to their surroundings and provide adequate physical protection for them.

picture of a police dog handler giving water to his dogThe police competences

The supervision of the implementation of the Animal Protection Act and the regulations issued on its basis is directly carried out by official veterinarians, agricultural, hunting, fishing inspectors and inspectors responsible for nature conservation, each of them within the scope of their powers and competencess.

In addition to the services already mentioned, the police also have control over the implementation of certain provisions of this law, who takes action in the event of violations of the provisions. The tasks of the police are to deal with offenses under the Animal Protection Act which are within their jurisdiction and to deal with crimes of animal cruelty according to the Criminal Code.

In addition, the police cooperates with the competent veterinary and inspection services in the field of prevention and suppression of infectious animal diseases and provides them with assistance in the performance of their tasks when necessary. They also cooperate with animal protection societies when it comes to inappropriate slaughter or handling of animals, and with customs in case of animal smuggling across the border.

Statistics show that the most frequent violations occur on roads and markets. Most often offenders:

  • do not provide the physical protection for dangerous animals;
  • they do not have a dog on a leash;
  • they do not have a dangerous dog on a leash with a muzzle or locked in a pen;
  • they do not provide education and training or other measures and the animal is therefore dangerous to the surrounding area.

Ensure your own safety and the safety of others. May your holiday or vacation remain a fond memory!

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