Shang­hai could pun­ish poor dog own­er­ship

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Liu Caiyu Page Ed­i­tor: [email protected]­al­times.com.cn

Shang­hai is con­sid­er­ing grad­ing res­i­dents on how they raise pets, and a poor score could af­fect their so­cial credit sys­tem in a bid to crack down on un­leashed dogs.

Res­i­dents judged as bad dog own­ers could lose points on their per­sonal so­cial credit sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­ceived by the Global Times on Thurs­day from the Shang­hai Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bu­reau.

Shang­hai po­lice hope that us­ing the sys­tem will curb fre­quent dog at­tacks in the city.

A low so­cial credit score could af­fect a per­son’s credit ceil­ing. In ex­treme cases, one could be listed as “lao­lai” or “a dis­hon­est per­son” and face flight and train bans.

De­tails of the mea­sure have yet to be fi­nal­ized, the Shang­hai Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bu­reau said when reached by the Global Times on Thurs­day.

Ti­betan Mas­tiff, English Bull­dog and Ja­panese Tosa have been la­beled fe­ro­cious dogs, and are not al­lowed in the city.

Shang­hai is­sued 135,800 dog reg­is­tra­tion certificat­es in 2019.

On June 19, an un­leashed Alaskan Husky at­tacked a boy in Shang­hai, leav­ing a 10 cen­time­ter­long wound on his face, me­dia re­ported.

Pre­vi­ously, a Shang­hai po­lice of­fi­cial said dog tags will be embed­ded with elec­tronic chips to bet­ter track their be­hav­ior.

Dog own­ers may be put on a black­list or whitelist de­pend­ing on how their pet be­haves, lo­cal newspaper, the Shang­hai Morn­ing Post re­ported in Jan­uary.

If dog own­ers fre­quently vi­o­late dog care reg­u­la­tions, they may be re­quired to take a course or banned from keep­ing a dog, the of­fi­cial said.

Other cities, in­clud­ing Foshan in South China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince, are also con­sid­er­ing in­clud­ing a per­son’s dog care record on the so­cial credit sys­tem.

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