This Saturday, September the 20th, a temporary permission that allows guide dogs in public places will come to an end. The permission, that dated from June 20th was issued due to the Paralympics. After this date, guide dogs will be regarded as ordinary pets and not allowed on public transportation.
Xinhua News has a piece on Chinese Paralympic athlete and torch bearer Ping Yali and her struggle to officially register her guide dog, Lucky. Since there is no accredited organization for guide dogs, she cannot register him as such. But as this dog, a golden retriever, is taller than Beijing’s current pet standards of 35 cm, registering it as a pet might also be complicated, (ownership of large dogs is restricted). So far only seven disabled people in China have seeing eye dogs.
“It is heart-wrenching thinking of Lucky’s fate after the deadline”, says Ping Yali.