Chinese put dog owners on tight leash

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Two dogs eye each other on the banks of the Haihe river in Tianjin Two dogs eye each other on the banks of the Haihe river in TianjinZHANG PENG/GETTY IMAGES

It may be the year of the dog in China but that has not stopped several cities clamping down on the animals.

As the country has become wealthier, dog ownership, previously rare, has risen dramatically, leading to social tension and a series of violent incidents. The southwestern city of Wenshan has banned the walking of dogs between 7am and 10pm. Others have outlawed aggressive breeds and introduced laws requiring dogs to be registered and kept on a leash when in public, with their owners obliged to clean up after them.

Many owners flout the rules, leading to countless squabbles and worse with their neighbours.

In a sign of growing frustration, an article about how to kill dogs with a substance safe to humans went viral…

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  • Asia
  • China
  • Global politics
  • Animals