Shanghai Unleashing 'One Dog Policy'

No space for multiple dogs in city of 20M people, officials say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2010 3:08 AM CST
A dog helps his owner carry a grocery basket in Shanghai, China. Officials believe there are some 800,000 pet dogs in the city, although only a quarter of them are registered.   (AP Photo/ Eugene Hoshiko)
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(Newser) – Residents of China's biggest city will soon be limited to one pooch as well as one child. Shanghai officials are finalizing a law that will ban households from owning more than one dog and require puppies to be given away to dogless households or to government adoption agencies before they reach 3 months of age, the China Daily reports.

Officials say increased dog mess and attacks and limited living space for the city's 20 million people make the move necessary, although dog owners say it's is too draconian and the city should focus on encouraging responsible ownership instead. "The government should improve public knowledge about how to raise a dog and how to prevent them from attacking people instead of forcing us to raise one dog only," said one resident. Other cities in China, where dog ownership is becoming a status symbol among the middle class, have introduced similar laws.

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