China reins in "large and vicious" dogs

China Featured - June 24th, 2013
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China apparently has other ideas when it comes to a man’s best friend. Next in Beijing’s list of what not to own or do is – bizarrely – big, furry dogs.

Earlier this month, Beijing police launched a citywide crackdown on “large and dangerous” dogs, striking fear in the hearts of dog lovers across the city.

The Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau ruled on June 2 that dogs 35cm (13.7 inches) in height or taller, or that are one of 41 breeds identified as violent, such as bulldogs and collies, will be banned in designated areas, including central districts and some rural regions across the capital, the People’s Daily Online reported.

According to reports, Beijing police, often tipped by neighbors, carry out nighttime raids on homes and heartlessly take away the fury animals from their owners.

Owners who have dogs affected by the rule take their pets to kennels outside the city limits, while others who cannot afford such accommodations are hiding their pets at home.

“I’m not about to give up one of my dogs without putting up a fight,” said Huang Feng, a pet store owner in Beijing. “What’s happening is criminal”.

Others have expressed support for the rule, saying that some large dogs are untrained and can harm children or the elderly.

The bureau has yet to comment on the prohibition. Although officials said big dogs are incompatible with city living and noted that rabies last year killed 13 people in Beijing, more than double the number in 2011, the New York Times reports.