Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals and repealing Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 applies to the cross-border movement of pet animals into Member States. It does not apply to the movement of such animals within one Member State.
Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 establishes a list of animal species to which harmonised animal health requirements apply when animals of those species are kept as pet animals and moved for non-commercial purposes. This list takes account of their susceptibility to or role in the epidemiology of rabies.
Dogs, cats and ferrets are animals of species susceptible to rabies and are listed in Part A of Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 576/2013.
Pending the adoption of Union rules for the non-commercial movement of animals of the species listed in Part B of Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 576/2013, national rules apply.
Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 regulates the non-commercial movement of a pet animal which accompanies its owner where its owner moves and is under his direct responsibility. The non-commercial movement of the pet animal may take place up to five days before or after the movement of the owner, in which case the non-commercial movement of the pet animal is carried out under the responsibility of a natural person who has authorisation in writing from the owner to carry out the non-commercial movement of the pet animal on his behalf.
The maximum number of pet animals (dogs, cats or ferrets) which may be moved for non-commercial purposes cannot exceed five.
By way of derogation, the maximum number may exceed five only where all of the following conditions are met
(i) the movement is for the purpose of participating in competitions, exhibitions or sporting events or in training for such events;
(ii) written evidence is provided that the animals are registered either to attend an event or with an organisation organising such events;
(iii) the animals are more than six months old.
Where the maximum number exceeds five but the conditions to derogate are not met, dogs, cats or ferrets must comply with the animal health conditions applicable to trade in or import into the Union.
Where the non-commercial movement of pet animals is not caused by the movement of the owner, whatever the number of pet animals, the animals are to comply with the animal health conditions applicable to trade in or import into the Union of such animals.
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