Owners could face credit blacklist if pets misbehave
Owners of pets that disturb or injure people in Shanghai may find their names on a credit blacklist, which would make applying for loans and jobs, or receiving public welfare, difficult.
It’s the latest measure in the city to encourage people to keep animals in a way that avoids triggering disputes with neighbors, as more families are choosing to have pets.
“Those who are involved in uncivil behavior, such as stealing free rides on subways, have their details recorded in the public credit information system,” said Pan Min, director of Shanghai Municipal Ethical Civilization Construction Commission Office.
“We also aim to use this channel to discourage uncivil behavior regarding keeping dogs, such as leaving dog waste in the street, not putting a pet on a leash while outside and not stopping it if it barks late in the night.”
An estimated 800,000 dogs live in the city, according to Shanghai East Radio.