“We can re­turn the mother dog, but the pup­pies be­long to us.”

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - WORD MATTERS -

So said a pet store owner in Huoy­ing, Chang­ping district to a woman sur­named Wang. Wang went to visit her daugh­ter in Shang­hai for a month and left her pet dog in the care of the pet store. She did not know her dog was preg­nant and learned that it had given birth to sev­eral pup­pies when she re­turned to col­lect her pet. Wang asked for all the dogs, but the pet store re­fused to hand over the pup­pies, claim­ing that they were born un­der their care so they should be­long to the store. Wang then sought me­di­a­tion. The me­di­a­tor said that ac­cord­ing to reg­u­la­tions, the pup­pies be­long to Wang, but con­sid­er­ing that the staff from the pet store helped birth and take care of the pup­pies, Wang should pay the store for the ex­tra help if she wants to take all the dogs.

Il­lus­tra­tion: Peter C. Espina/GT

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