Kuwait laws you don’t need to know: Who let the dogs out?

Post by Fajer Ahmed

As inspiration from an app called “The Dumbest Laws” I have decided to make a series of posts called “Kuwait laws you don’t need to know” so I could inform you on things you don’t need to be informed on. I don’t know how many of these posts I can come up with but one of my favorite things to do while working is finding and reading these weird laws.

So anyways, here is the first one, it’s an excerpt from an officially translated version (ignore their grammatical errors) of Law No.9 from 1969 “With Regards To The Possession of Dogs and Preventive Measures Against Rabies”:

Article 1
Possession of dogs is not permitted unless a license is obtained from the Ministry of Health

Article 2
License of one or more dogs requires an application to be submitted to the competent veterinary center giving the following details:

1- Name of applicant, title, age, nationality and address
2- The location where the dog will be kept
3- Breed of dog, color and distinctive marks
4- The source of where the dog was imported

Article 5
A collar with a metal plate shall be put around each dog, giving the serial number referred to, the plates are obtained from competent veterinary free of charge, the dog owner should request a replacement, in which case he will have to pay 250 fils.

If a dog is arrested without a plate it will be sent to the Dog Detainment Center, and will not be handed to the owner, unless he requests so 7 days from the day of arrest, and pays a fee of KD1

Article 6
All dogs of all types shall not be left in public places without being controlled with a mask on their mouth

Article 15
The provisions herein apply to Kuwait City. The City of Kuwait with regards to the implementation of this article means the vicinities surrounded by the third ring road, the Health and Educational Areas and the Sulbikhat area, unless the dog belongs to a Bedouin as watch or hunt dogs, whether the owners live in the city or the desert

Article 16
Violators of this law will be liable to a maximum term of one month imprisonment maximum and/or KD30 fine.

Keep in mind, this was back in 1969.

Post by Fajer Ahmed – Legal Counsel
Have a Kuwait law related question? Email me at ask@fajerthelawyer.com

The legal opinions expressed in this post are those of the author Fajer. Opinions expressed by Mark or any other writer on 248am.com are those of the individual’s and in no way reflect Fajer’s opinion.


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Lion Cub cruising in Bida’a

Post by Mark

One of these days an exotic animal is going to maul a driver and only then will anyone think about banning them. [Link]


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Fire fighters save cat trapped in sewer

Post by Mark

Local blogger Abdulla was on his way home late at night when he found a cat stuck in the sewers. Him and his friends tried to rescue the cat to no avail and as they were about to give up they decided to call 112. They didn’t think they would be willing to help but called just as a last resort and to their surprise (and mine), the 112 emergency service responded professionally and sent a fire department team to help save the cat.

You can read the full story on Abdulla’s blog [Here]


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Here’s a cute cat video

Post by Mark

Just to balance things out with yesterdays post, here is a cat being cute hiding in the fridge at a local Coop. [YouTube]

via Frankom


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Cat Killer

Post by Mark

There’s an idiot in Kuwait filming himself shooting and killing cats with his pellet gun and he then uploads the videos onto YouTube. Pretty messed up shit. [Link]

Thanks Patrick


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The animal market. It’s horrible.

Post by Mark

Thursday afternoon I passed by the animal market right next to the Friday Market so I could look for my friends dog. I hadn’t been there in years and even though I was expecting to find puppies and other animals there, I wasn’t expecting to find so many.

The market was just full of cages stacked on top of each other and filled with dogs and cats. I saw kittens that looked like they were born last week and I saw dogs shoved into cages so small they couldn’t fully stand in. Some were lucky enough to have drinking water in their cages while the unlucky ones didn’t. If that wasn’t already bad enough, right outside I spotted three dogs tied to trees that just looked extremely miserable and malnourished. I also assumed the dogs outside being sold were most likely the stolen ones.

I’m honestly not really sure what can be done about this since I don’t believe there is any law against animal cruelty. I just wanted to bring the animals some exposure since after the incident where the municipality shut down the shops due to rent issues, everyone seems to have forgotten about the cruelty that takes place there. If you want to help then don’t purchase any animals from the animal market. If you do, the sellers end up profiting and they will just bring more animals to sell.


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Lost Dog

Post by Mark

My friend had her dog stolen last night from her house in Shuwaikh. He’s a 5 month old doberman called Crixus. If anyone spots him please give her a call on 99902227.

Update: she’s offering a KD500 reward if found

Update2: The dog was found in Chabd


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K’S PATH Eagle Rescue

Post by Mark

Eagle Rescue April 2013 from john peaveler on Vimeo.

Recently K’S PATH received a dog complaint in Ahmadi and when they arrived to the scene, they found an abandoned house that had an eagle caged up among other animals. The eagle is now with K’S PATH and it’s doing well.

If you’d like to help out and donate to K’S PATH Summer 2013 Maintenance Campaign click [Here]


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Help the Elephants at the Kuwait Zoo

Post by Mark

If you want to help the elephants at the Kuwait Zoo you now can by purchasing the tshirt above. For those of you who don’t read Arabic the tshirt basically says “Love Malek and Dalal” who are the two elephants currently at the Kuwait Zoo. All proceeds from the tshirt sale will go towards the renovation of the elephant cage at the zoo by enriching it. The tshirts are for just KD10 and you can order them by sending an email to tqabazard@gmail.com

To know why the elephants need help, read my previous post [Here]


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K’S PATH’s Purrfect Cat Show

Post by Mark

K’S PATH are going to be holding their first ever cat show at the end of this month. There will be a lot of fun competitions, different vendors and great prizes to be won. All proceeds support K’S PATH programs.

Registration Closes: Tuesday, 23rd April 2013
Event Date: Saturday, 27th April 2013

For more information visit their website [Here]


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