New rules require dog walkers to leash dogs in public

Updated: 09 Oct 2018
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 On September 30th, 2018, the revised Fujian Property Management Regulations were released. The regulations are expected to be put into effect on January 1st, 2019. 
The revised property management regulations state that while walking their dogs in residential communities, property owners must leash their dogs. Larger dogs must also be muzzled. 
Violators will face punishments based on the Law of the People's Republic of China on Public Security Penalties.
Starting from October 1st, 2017, stricter punishments have been implemented to curb prohibited dog-walking behavior across the city.
According to the Dog-raising Management Rules of the Xiamen Special Economic Zone, each family in possession of a single-family residence certificate can raise at most one dog, and dog owners must register their dogs. 
Dog owners must leash their dogs when in public, and dogs are not allowed to enter the following places in Xiamen
> Public transport vehicles
> Government offices, schools and children’s playgrounds
> Museums, libraries, gyms, exhibition halls, theaters, amusement parks and other public entertainment venues (excluding places for dog shows and exhibitions)
> Hospitals, terminals for ships and planes, shopping stores, markets, restaurants and hotels
> Owners who take their dogs to the aforementioned prohibited places will face fines of up to RMB 2,000. Those with severe violations will have their dog registration certificates revoked and their dogs taken away.
> Dog owners will face fines ranging from RMB 2,000 to 5,000 and have their dogs taken away if they don’t get their dogs registered or immunized in a timely manner.
> Owners of forbidden dogs (28 species of dogs are forbidden in Xiamen) will face fines ranging from RMB 5,000 to 10,000 and have their dogs taken away.
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