The city of Eilat has begun cracking down on roaming dogs, taking advantage of the electronic chips worn by some dogs to photograph them and send their owners immediate fines, reports www.local.co.il. A municipal veterinary spokesman said that 50 to 60 dogs were impounded in the city every month after being caught wandering around without their owners, and that this was a breach of safety and sanitary laws. According to the report, the number of dogs being allowed out by their owners to run free has been growing in Eilat, and the city has decided to act to curb the phenomenon. The spokesman said there were 2,500 dogs registered in Eilat, and "not a few" owners were ignoring their legal obligations. Current laws dictate that dogs must be walked on leashes to preserve public safety, and that owners must collect dog droppings to preserve public cleanliness. The report said the fine for allowing a dog out without a leash stands at NIS 660, and that most dogs caught roaming around are taken by inspectors to the city kennel, which attracts additional fees of NIS 70 for transporting an animal plus NIS 30 daily board at the kennel. The report said the electronic chips worn by some dogs would enable city inspectors to photograph them and fine their owners immediately.