Factbox: Regulations for owners in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province
·It is forbidden to keep or exchange dangerous or large dogs in the urban area. Citizens who wish to keep small dogs should apply to the authorities for approval. Each household is allowed to keep one dog.
·Organizations and individuals that obtain approval to keep dogs in central urban areas must pay a management fee of 1,000 yuan ($178) in the first year and 500 yuan in subsequent years.
·Dogs must be vaccinated and wear ID tags on their collars. Small dogs must be put on a leash by an adult when going outside. Large dogs must be kept at home.
Dogs must not enter markets, stores, restaurants, parks, areas of public greenery, schools, hospitals, exhibition centers, cinemas, sports centers, amusement parks or public transportation centers.
Small dogs are allowed outside between 7 pm and 7 am. Owners must clean away any droppings and ensure their dog does not disturb people by barking loudly.
·If a dog causes injury or illness, the owner must send the affected person for medical treatment and bear all expenses. The authorities shall euthanize the dog or impound it. If impounded, authorities will revoke its license and the owner will be fined 2,000 yuan to 5,000 yuan.
·If a dog is raised without approval, authorities shall euthanize or impound it. Offending organizations will be fined 5,000 yuan to 10,000 yuan, while individuals will be fined 3,000 yuan to 5,000 yuan.
·Violators acting in the following ways will be fined 200 yuan to 1,000 yuan and their dog may be impounded if the circumstances are serious: Bringing dogs into public places or on transportation; allowing dogs outdoors against the rules; repeatedly disturbing other people; failing to vaccinate their dog, obtain a license or clear up after their pet.