Dog registration still low in Hanoi

However, the policy has caught little attention of dog owners as dogs are still allowed to run off leash without muzzles and defecate on streets. The situation is more common in Hanoi’s suburban districts.Pham Quoc Thang, director of TS Milan, a Vietnamese national standard dog farm, told Thanh Nien (Young People) Newspaper that he knew nothing about the new regulation.“Professional dog trainers mostly register for certificates of breeds for their dogs. These dogs are also microchipped for management,” he said.He also stressed the significance of leashing and wearing muzzles for dogs to protect pets and humans.Lan Khue, a dog owner in Nhat Tan, Tay Ho district, had never heard of dog registration. However, Khue said that she would comply with the new regulation.On the other hand, many people find it troublesome registering their pets.“I have raised dogs for some decades and they are all friendly. Since I already give them rabies vaccinations annually, I think that to have dogs registered is unnecessary and a waste of time. I wonder how the authorities will manage dogs. We have not done the registration and no one has asked us to do so,” he said.Local authorities are struggling to implement the regulation.“It is difficult to ask people to register their dogs, although we make a list of dog owners,” said Trinh Chi Thanh, head of the Buoi Ward People’s Committee in Tay Ho district.Hoa Xuan Thuan, deputy head of the committee, said that the locality had established an interdisciplinary team to impose the… [Read full story]

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