Dog owners in Guangzhou hope that parks can be set up for their pets, and want a cremation service to be offered when their cherished pooches die, a recent poll shows.
Some 150 Guangzhou residents travel to the city of Qingyuan with their dogs for fun in an undated file photo. [Li Zuomiao]
About 27 percent of the 367 dog owners polled by the Hong Kong-based Animal Asia Foundation said they were unhappy that there were no dog parks available in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province.
The poll followed the implementation of the city's regulation on the management of dogs for half a year.
The regulation prohibits dogs from entering public parks, but allows park administrators, as well as residential and property committees, to designate special zones for dogs.
About 18 percent of those polled said they had yet to receive electronic chips for their pets, as stipulated in the policy, which took effect in July last year.
Another poll finding was a lack of facilities for processing the bodies of pets that have died, with a request that cremation services become available.
According to the regulation, dead dogs should be handed to a special department for the non-hazardous treatment of waste.
Other problems highlighted by the poll include a lack of regulation on the adoption of dogs, the unlicensed trading of dogs, the need for public-service advertisements on how to properly keep a dog, the inconvenience of registering dogs and an inadequate channel for complaints.