On November 15th, the Hangzhou city management department carried out a special action to promote responsible dog ownership. In response to the ensuing “rumour of dog abuse”, the city management department published an open letter to the citizens on the evening of November 16th.
The letter stressed that “the special action follows the principle of civilized enforcement” and that “there is no abuse or beating of dogs in the process”. The focus of this special action is to regulate the behavior of dog owners such as failing to put dogs on a lead in public places, collect dog waste or have pet dogs registered. The letter called on the public to abide by rules of dog licensing and keeping dogs on leads the same way as they would reject drink-driving.
The letter also provided information of on-line dog license application and process as well as daily off-line service including weekend service. The management team is at the same time soliciting views from representatives of the public and open to suggestions on how to encourage responsible dog ownership in the city.