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After many years of resigning themselves to a single child policy, Chinese residents in Shanghai now have to deal with a recently implemented one-dog policy. This moves comes after an increase in pet abandoning incidences, complaints from non-animal enthusiasts, as well as the soiling of public places.

 The implementation of a single dog policy has frustrated many dog owners in Shanghai as authorities are attempting to solve the problem of 600,000 unregistered dogs in the city. It is a tall order for authorities to track down these dogs, but they appear to be determined to do so. Owners have until June 17 to register their dogs and rehome their other dogs, but in the meantime, owners with more than one unregistered dog are riled up at having to part with their canine counterparts.

 Those who presently have more than one licensed dog are allowed to keep them, but households without puppies may not apply. A dog license may cost anywhere from 300 to 500 yuan (approximately 57SGD to 96 SGD) per year, depending on where they live and must be renewed annually. This fee covers epidemic prevention, microchip and management, which is precisely why dog lovers are frustrated with. They slam the new policy as “discriminatory and poorly thought out.”

 Indeed, this new policy seems poorly thought out as owners with more than one unlicensed dog has to part with them, which may ironically contribute to the rising figures of pet abandonment. Perhaps a better way to counter this problem is not to have a single-dog policy but rather, stiffer penalties for irresponsible owners who abandon their pets or do not clean up after their dogs.


Source: “Shanghai puts leash on dog ownership” The Business Times 17 May 2011