On April 1st the new law came into force. The Law includes the prohibition to abandon cats and other domestic animals and many other issues on responsible ownership and training of professionals working with animals.
Animals are now better protected in Sweden, and the "summer cat" phenomenon will be tackled. “Summer cat” is an expression Swedish people use when someone has had a cat over the summer, and abandon her when the holidays are over. Tragically, this still happens quite often and is the source of thousands of homeless cats in Sweden.
Another important news is the “Lex Maja” which also comes into force on April 1, 2019. The new law was promoted after the cat Majas died in 2016. Maja was left alone in a locked apartment. After eleven days without food and water, the police entered the apartment, but it was too late. Lex Maja will prevent it from happening again.
Now healthcare personnel, but also the social services, must break the secrecy and report when they are aware of neglected animal. Employees in health and social care must submit information to county administrative boards and police about animals exposed to neglect – without violating the secrecy law. (Swedish)