At the end of October owners will have to register their dogs, cats and ferrets in the pet information system (Sistema de Informação de Animais de Companhia - SIAC). The fee is 2.50 euros and covers 2019 and 2020. The new regulations only apply to animals whose microchips are not yet registered in Portugal.
Those who do not comply with the new law risk having to pay a fine, according to the Portuguese newspaper Público. The minimum fine shall be 50 euros, with a maximum of 3,740 euros for a natural person and 44,890 euros for a legal person. Registration includes the identification of the animal and its owner, as well as data on vaccines, and is mandatory for all animals born in or present on the territory of Portugal for a period of 120 days or more.
The aim is to "develop standards for the prevention of the abandonment of animals and the promotion of responsible tenure, including, among other obligations, the identification and registration of pets", in accordance with the decree approved, published in the Official Gazette.