After months of debate over details, Shanghai has finally officially passed the one-dog policy. The law, which will allow for only one canine per household, will be put in to effect on May 15, 2011. Downtown residents, as well as those living in ‘new urban centers’ such as Jiading and Lingang, all fall under the regulations, which will also include new license application rules and a ban on raising attack dogs.
Those with more than one dog will be forced to find them new homes, whether that be with relatives or adoption shelters. [Clarification: This applies only to unlicensed dogs.] So if any of you were thinking of adopting a pup, May might be the time to do it, as there will certainly be plenty of pets looking for homes. If owners are caught violating the new laws, they could face fines of anywhere from 200 to 1,000RMB.
The price of licensing has yet to be detailed, a question of concern for pet well-being as exorbitant fees in the past have kept owners from licensing their pets (and getting the proper vaccinations that go along with it.)
As we covered back in November, when the policy was first proposed, reasons for the new law included an increasing number of dog attacks, noisy barking, and dog poop mucking up the streets. Which is frustrating because obviously (or maybe not-so-obvious to policy-makers) those problems will hardly change by simply reshuffling the dogs around so they only exist one to a household.
Update: A few more details have been released:
- Licensing has been suspended until May 15
- If you own more than one dog and they are already licensed, you are allowed to keep them after the new policy comes into effect.
- Officers will not be coming around to check if your house has more than one dog, but they WILL have devices that can easily check if a dog is registered (all licensed dogs get implanted chips)
- Costs of licensing will be no more than 1,000RMB, with a 50% discount if your dog is spayed or neutered
- The list of banned attack dogs includes Tibetan mastiffs, Beauceron wolfdogs and English bulldogs
- There will be up to a 200RMB fine if you are caught failing to clean up after your pet
- An adoption website is in the works to help removed dogs find new homes