Yuan Zhi worries about her two pets, which is why she decided to stop walking them after hearing that Beijing police launched a citywide crackdown on large and dangerous dogs on Wednesday.
Dogs that are 35 cm in height or taller, or that are one of 41 breeds identified as violent such as bulldogs and collies, will be banned in designated areas in Beijing. [File photo]
A rule published by the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau on June 2 said dogs 35 cm in height or taller, or that are one of 41 breeds identified as violent such as bulldogs and collies, will be banned in designated areas, including central districts and some rural regions across the capital.
District governments and local police have the right to decide where dogs can and cannot be raised, and the city rule is not as simple as saying that huge and dangerous dogs are banned within the Fifth Ring Road.
Yuan's two dogs, a husky and a golden retriever, are much taller than average dogs, while the 28-year-old's residence, Daxing district, is an area that police said they will pay more attention to.
"I registered my dogs, and similar crackdowns before were not strict, so I wasn't too worried. But it seems tougher this time," she said. "I'm afraid the police will take them away, so I won't walk them in the near future."
Zi Xiangdong, a police officer in the bureau, confirmed they had already begun enforcing the rule, declining to elaborate.
But he added that crackdowns are routine and occur regularly.