Question: I believe my neighbour is hurting my dog. Can I report him?

Answer: You have the right to file a criminal case against your neighbor as the UAE Penal Code protects animals from harm or mistreatment. In 2016, Federal Law 18 came into effect criminalising the abuse, illegal hunting or selling of animals.

Abusing an animal is a crime punishable by a fine of not more than Dh100,000 or a jail sentence, in accordance with Article number 431 and 432 of UAE Criminal Law 3 of 1987.

Moreover, the court according to the same law has the discretionary power to execute the deportation sentence against the criminal.