Beijing -- Police in the Chinese capital Tuesday
refuted rumors spread by netizens that dogs had been slaughtered in the city.
A dog is captured and
caged during a drive to remove stray dogs from the Chinese
capital's street in Beijing. All dogs found
running wild in Beijing's streets without city-issued licenses will be
caught and handed to public security offices for inoculation.
tightened control over dog ownership in its ongoing campaign to fight rabies
after the disease claimed 326 lives nationwide in October.
The city is
implementing a "one dog per household" policy in nine major management zones.
The nine zones are Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chongwen, Xuanwu, Chaoyang, Haidian,
Fengtai, Shijingshan and Yizhuang Economic Development Zone.
reports said a campaign would begin on November 16 to check that Beijing
citizens in the nine zones have licenses for their dogs, do not have big and
dangerous dogs or more than one dog per household. The campaign will also target
illicit pet businesses in the city.
Last Wednesday afternoon, the police
made house calls in the city's luxury villa areas. Sources said the house calls
were mainly aimed at improving dog owners' awareness of regulations, public
security issues and the legitimate rights of both dog owners and other citizens.
By Monday, the canine inspection section of the municipal bureau of
public security had rounded up 500 stray, unlicensed or abandoned dogs.
Dog owners are required to hand over pets they want to abandon to local
police. Citizens who meet certain conditions can adopt a dog by calling the
canine inspection section. To qualify, citizens should hold a valid ID card and
have a sufficiently spacious permanent residence outside the nine major
The Ministry of Health website shows that 2,660 people
in China died of rabies in 2004, compared with 159 reported fatalities in 1996.
In the first three quarters of this year, the country recorded 2,254
rabies cases, an increase of 29.69 percent over the same period last