City to put dog owners on tight leash after mother of two brutally assaulted

BY SILVI WRITER

 

East China’s Hangzhou decides to discipline unruly dog owners starting on Nov 15 after a dog raiser stirred public outrage by brutally punching a mother in front of her two young children.

The woman, 34, suffered a fractured finger as a result and the dog owner, a 31-year-old man, was detained by the police on charges of picking quarrels and provoking troubles, according to Chinese media on Thursday.

Hangzhou’s urban administration authorities said on the same day it would launch a campaign targeting bad habits in dog raising, such as walking dogs without a leash and unlicensed ownership.

According to the city’s regulations, dog owners cannot walk their dogs in daytime (7:00 am to 7:00 pm), dog excrement must be promptly removed and entering public spaces such as markets, parks and green spaces with dogs is forbidden.

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Violators of the rules could face fines from 200 to 400 yuan. Serious violations such as injury caused by a dog might lead to confiscation or the dog-keeping license to be revoked.

Unlicensed pet dogs could be confiscated – or killed in extreme cases – and their owners fined up to 5,000 yuan, according to the urban administration authorities.

Saturday’s attack happened in the evening after the victim kicked the man’s dog in trying to protect her two children, a 6-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter.

The incident took place in a residential neighborhood in Yuhang District in Hangzhou, capital of eastern China’s coastal Zhejiang province.

The police said the dog owner, surnamed Jin, “actively assaulted” the victim by striking her with “closed fists”.

According to a statement (in Chinese) released by the police, the dispute started when the woman was having a walk with her children.

They were chased by an unleashed dog. To protect her kids from potential injury, the mother tried to scare the dog away but soon found herself in a confrontation with the dog owner and his girlfriend.

As the dispute escalated, the man pushed the woman onto a car and punched her in the head. When the woman walked away with her kids, the man knocked her down from behind and continued attacking her.

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The entire incident was captured by CCTV camera.

People who were at the scene later told media that the victim used obscenities when arguing with the couple, which they believe irritated the assailant.

Others said that the man, a Hangzhou local, was prejudiced against the victim because she is a migrant to the city.

Disputes over dogs happen frequently in China. Some of these conflicts have turned violent, even deadly. Last month, a man in Ningbo, also in Zhejiang province, stabbed three neighbors to death over a dispute about their pet dog.

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