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Malaysia: Things Pet Owners Do That Are Illegal

Can I keep an Akita as a pet? Can I bathe my pet in public? You might be breaking the law if you were doing this in Malaysia. Here are few things Malaysian pet owners might not know are illegal to do.

1.Keep Banned Dog Breeds As Pets


Under your local law, nobody is permitted to keep or care any breed of dogs that are prohibited. Banned dog breeds includes Akita, American Bulldog, Dogo Argentino, Fila Braziliero, Japanese Tosa, Neapoli, Neapolitan Mastiff and Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull.

2.Keep These Exotic Pets As Pets


Planning to keep an Indian Star Tortoise or a Yellow-crested cockatoo as a pet? If so, be sure you obtain a special permit which is granted by the Director General of Perhilitan.

Under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010, many animals are placed under the “Totally Protected” category. Those animals cannot be traded, hunted or used, unless a special licence is granted. Keeping protect animals without any proper documentation can attract a fine up to RM 100,000 or a jail term of up to 3 years, or both.

Check the list of protected animals here.

3.If You Own These Dog Breeds And You Forgot To Do These Things…


Malaysians are allowed to keep any restricted dog breeds under certain circumtances only. Firstly, any restricted dog breed must undergo a training course called as “Canine Good Citizen” program before owners are issued a licence. The owner also has to follow and pass the course for the handling of dog. Plus, the owner has to make sure his or her premise fenced properly and put up a clearly visible “Beware Of Dogs” sign. Be sure the restricted dog breed must under constant supervision at all times – the dog must always be on a leash and as its mouth covered whenever it leaves the premise.

Restricted dog breeds in Malaysia includes Rottweiler, Doberman, German Shepard/Alsatian, Bull Mastiff, Bull Terrier and Perro de Presa Canario (Canary Dog ).

Read more: How To Apply For A Dog Licence In Malaysia

4.Bathing Your Pet In Public


According to Section 15(1b) of the Minor Offences Act 1955, you are not allowed to bathe your pet on any public road, or in or by the side of any public tank, reservoir, standpipe, watercourse or stream which is explicitly forbidden by the authorites. Failure to comply will attract a fine up to RM 100.

5.Letting Loose Dog Or Other Animal


Under the Minor Offences Act 1955, any person who without lawful excuse sets on or urges any dog or other animal to attack, worry or put in fear any person or animal, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding RM 100.

6.Allowing Your Dog To Run At Human Etc


Who lets the dog out? Never allow your dog to run up to humans, cars or other animals. It’s your responsibility to supervise your dog. Failure to do so will attract a fine up to RM 100.

7.Allowing Your Dog To Injure People


Under Section 7(1) of the Minor Offences Act 1955 , dog owners could face a fine of up to RM 50 and pay compensation to the injured party of a maximum of RM100.

8.Failure To Get A Dog Licence


The law requires all dogs to be licensed. Failure to get a dog licence may result in penalties, a fine between RM 100 to RM 250.