The City Council of Zaragoza now allows pets access to municipal facilities. From today, February 1st, dogs, cats and other animals can enter the information and customer service areas of the Seminary Building, the Town Hall in Plaza del Pilar, the Local Police, the Civic Centers, the Neighborhood and Municipal Boards, Social Services Centers and Coexistence Centers. Also to the buildings dependent on the municipal boards such as Libraries, Nursery Schools or Sports Centers.
However, access with animals to all municipal administrative buildings is allowed as long as it is to carry out procedures, not to carry out the activities that are carried out in these buildings. The following conditions must be met:
- The animal must be restrained on a leash appropriate to the characteristics and size of the animal or in a carrier or cart that allows its control by the owner at all times.
- Animals that, according to current legal regulations, require a muzzle must use it inside the building.
- The animals must present an adequate behavior and state of hygiene and health.
- The owner of the animal is responsible for any damage or dirt caused by the animal inside the building.
- The time of stay must be the time strictly necessary to carry out the management that motivates the entry to the municipal building.
Until now, only guide dogs could access municipal buildings. The measure, which complies with current regulations, is a great benefit for a significant number of residents of the city as well as a new step in the project already underway to make Zaragoza a “pet friendly” city.
The Councilor of Presidency, Finance and Interior of the City Council of Zaragoza, María Navarro, explained that “it is an important day for all those citizens who live with pets. From the Consistory we wanted to make it easier for these pet owners to carry out administrative procedures in municipal offices accompanied by their pets. Today we fulfill a demand of many individuals and associations”.
For its part, the promoter of the project “Your Dog is Welcome”, Silvia Porras, stressed that “the City Council is the first institution that opens its doors to pets, it was a need that we claimed years ago. We seek to normalize daily life with our pets because for us it is essential to carry out certain procedures with our animals”.