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Here's a recent report from CCTV.com on the dog purge in China. Note that it is OFFICIAL news. Also note that while it mentions the...

Joy  |  Dec 13th 2006


Here’s a recent report from CCTV.com on the dog purge in China. Note that it is OFFICIAL news. Also note that while it mentions the government is holding some “oversize” dogs, its not saying what they are doing with them. I sure would like to know!

Beijing regulates pet dogs
Source: CCTV.com

Keeping pet dogs is becoming not only an individual concern, but also one of public safety. Several cases of injuries inflicted by dogs have prompted new regulations in many Chinese cities, including Beijing. On Monday, the capital’s Municipal Public Security Bureau invited journalists to visit a dog pound that houses some 6-hundred animals.

Tidy and clean, this dog pound lies on the outskirts of Beijing. It houses abandoned, unregistered or oversized dogs the public security bureau has confiscated in the past two months.

All of the dogs have cards on their cages, documenting where and for what reason they were caught. But there’s hope for some of them.

Of the 600 dogs, officials say only the healthy ones, less than 35 centimeters tall can be adopted. Anyone interested in adopting one of them will be trained in raising dogs.

Some animal rights activists are hailing the measures.

Asian Representative of Intl Fund for Animal Welfare Ge Rui said:”We hope the Municipal Public Security Bureau and the municipal government will continue with these good regulations. Our goal is to create an environment where dog raisers and their neighbors can coexist harmoniously.”

With the new regulations, Beijing dog owners are required to register their pets at community police offices, and to make their pets wear ID cards at all times. And importantly, they must also keep their dogs on a leash when walking them.

Each household is allowed only one dog, less than 35 centimeters tall.