Sunday, February 27, 2011
The New One-Dog Policy in Shanghai
People who already have two or more licensed dogs will be allowed to keep those dogs, and if anyone's dog has a litter of puppies, the puppies have to be taken to an approved adoption agency when they are three months old. If you don't pick up after your dog, you will have to pay a $30 fine. If your dog attacks humans twice or bites two humans in the same attack, the police will take your dog away from you. And if you don't follow any of the other rules about owning a dog, you will have to pay a fine of $150, and your dog will be taken away.
One good thing is that you can get a dog license at half the cost if your dog is spayed or neutered. But the licenses will probably cost $150 after the new laws start. This seems like a lot to pay for a dog license, but it's better than what people have to pay now, which is $300. Which may be why a lot of people don't license their dogs.
The Chinese people weren't always allowed to have dogs as pets. Back when Mao Zedong was in charge, people who owned dogs were thought of as being capitalists, which was a very bad thing. But now the communists are not so strict, and they let people have businesses and make money and stuff like that. And they can also have dogs. So in all of China, there may be 100 million pet dogs. Some cities have already made a one-dog rule, but Shanghai is the biggest city to do this.
I'm just glad we don't have a one-dog policy in Kansas City, because if we did, Mom would have to find new homes for my brothers, because I'm sure that I'm the one dog Mom would most want to keep!