hings have become rather ruff for dog owners in the Yunnan city of Wenshan where a ban has been put into place against downtown dog walking between the hours of 7 am and 10 pm.
The new rule came into effect recently along with an assortment of other pet laws. Officials say that it was drafted after they had received numerous complaints from residents about dogs. According to the local government, the ban will help to improve the urban environment, ensure public safety, and cut down on the amount of dog crap on the street.
Wenshan officials say that they used to receive two or three calls a day from residents complaining about being attacked by dogs, but have received no calls since the ban began.
Now, the only ones that are complaining are the dog owners who say that the ban goes too far, placing too much strain of them and their pets. In order to give Fido a walk, residents will either have to get up extra early or stay up late. Meanwhile, during the day, Fido will have to hold it in until 10 pm.
Breaking the ban doesn’t actually carry penalties at the moment, violators will simply be “educated” by officers.
On Chinese social media, netizens have been surprisingly supportive of the policy, saying that they wish their own home city would adopt the ban and crack down on the problems caused by dog owners. Meanwhile, one Weibo user, sardonically wished that the ban could be extended: “I think that children are noisy and would also like to file a complaint. Can children only come out after 10 pm?”
Over the years, various Chinese localities have experimented with different ways of dealing with dogs, from “one dog” policies to threats of culling. Recently, the Shandong capital of Jinan made headlines for implementing a social credit score system for dog owners. Enough infractions and their furry friends get taken away.