Stray pets get reprieve in Denmark

It will no longer be legal to shoot stray dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets that wander on to your property in Denmark as of 1 July. Instead owners who are unable to control their pets will be fined.

Angry neighbours are still allowed to use other methods of getting strays off their property, such as chasing them or catching them, although they are not longer able to ask money for the return of a pet to its owner.

The law still allows the killing of animals that attack a neighbour’s pets or that are dangerous to humans.

The change in the legislation was prompted by the outcry after the shooting of Balder the yellow labrador in 2012.