MOSCOW, January 19. /TASS/. The United Russia political party proposed to introduce administrative responsibility for abandonment of pets; a relevant bill will be reviewed shortly at a meeting of the Duma Committee on ecology and environment, says Vladimir Burmatov, coordinator of the party’s Clean Country project.
"There will be fines for people who throw dogs out in the street. This is a big step forward, there was nothing like this before in the legislation," the lawmaker said, adding that the bill, negotiated with the Ministry of Justice of Russia, will be introduced to the State Duma shortly.
According to Burmatov, the population of stray animals will be regulated via obligatory registration - not only of domestic cats and dogs, but also animals in shelters.
"If we see a pregnant dog with a chip in her ear, who should have been neutered, and who was not supposed to have litter at all, we will find out, what shelter [she came from], who was responsible for neutering, and we will be able to hand over materials to the Prosecutor General’s Office," he explained.
Previously, the Ministry of Natural Resources supported the United Russia’s initiative to build standardized animal shelters in the regions, partially funded from the federal budget.