Chinese City Bans Daytime Dog Walking in a Crackdown on Canines
After an altercation between a bystander and dog in a Chinese city, they have decided to ban daytime walking. This is definitely something that would not be allowed in the United States. How can you ban your furry friends from their daily walks? Apparently this is an ongoing problem in China and this is how they are dealing with it. Check out more in the article below.
HONG KONG — A major city in China is cracking down on pet dogs, banning dog walking during the day and prohibiting many larger breeds, after a publicized fight between a dog owner and a bystander.
The new rules in Hangzhou, in eastern China, were adopted after a dog owner was filmed pushing and shoving a woman who had kicked his dog. Before the fight, surveillance footage showed a young boy hiding behind her as the dog circled them without a leash.
The harsh restrictions on dogs — which harken back to anti-pet rules in earlier decades of Communist rule and reflect ongoing tensions over the place of dogs in society — officially took effect Nov. 15. In addition to a dog walking ban from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., officials vowed to confiscate or kill dogs that were not properly licensed, fining negligent owners between 5000 to 10,000 RMB, or between $720 and $14,440. Dogs found outdoors outside of their curfew would also be “detained temporarily” and their owners could be fined.
The city has also banned 34 “vicious” large breeds, including Tibetan mastiffs, German shepherds, Great Danes, Chinese rural dogs and some mixed breeds. A volunteer involved in animal adoptions said this could make it difficult for dog owners who have already rescued large dogs.
Originally Reported on The New York Times
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