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Congratulations to Nanjing Police on humane handling of dogs
Animals Asia has learned that on 8 August 2009 the Nanjing Police department was involved in the handling of an incident involving two Tibetan mastiffs who had escaped from their guardian's yard.
The Tibetan mastiffs had bitten two people in a Nanjing residential community. The police were alerted and some 50 officers and four police dogs searched the community for the dogs. On finding the dogs, they were captured and housed at a local shelter.
In Nanjing, dog-management regulations forbid residents from raising large-breed dogs, such as Tibetan mastiffs. All too often in many Chinese cities, we see the authorities reacting to incidences of dog bites and unregistered dogs by slaughtering the dogs on the city streets. In this case the Nanjing police handled the situation humanely and with compassion for the dogs concerned. Animals Asia has thanked the Nanjing police department for adopting this approach.
The person at fault for these dog bites is ultimately the dog’s guardian. Caring responsibly for large-breed dogs in cities means co-existing with other residents. If dogs with the potential to bite members of the public are allowed to escape from their owners homes and bite residents, city police departments will take action. Fortunately, the Nanjing Police used compassion. The guardian was fined and instructed to cover the medical costs of the two people wounded by the dogs.
This action follows the positive approach taken by the Nanjing police department to the management of stray dogs in 2006. Following a meeting with Jill Robinson MBE, our China Relations Director Christie Yang, and Ms Ha Wenjin of the Nanjing Ping An A Fu Animal Protection Group, Nanjing police decided to adopt a policy of capturing stray dogs and placing them in a local animal shelter, instead of organising a city-wide dog cull.
This was at a time when street dogs in both Yunnan and Shandong provinces were being brutally slaughtered. Not only did the Nanjing police show compassion towards the dogs by placing them at a shelter, they also provided funds to the Nanjing Ping An shelter to care for the dogs. See here for more.
This previous action coupled with the news of the treatment of the two mastiffs shows the continued compassion and importance the Nanjing police department place on the welfare of companion animals. We congratulate the Nanjing authorities on their approach and will use this example to encourage other Chinese cities to adopt similar compassion when managing dog populations. A copy of our thank-you letter to the police department can be seen below:
Mr. Xu Zhubao, Director General
Nanjing Public Security Bureau
No.1, Hong Gong Ci,
Dear Mr Xu
On behalf of Animals Asia Foundation, the Animals Asia Friendship Alliance and our supporters across the world, I am writing to thank you and your officers for your humane handling and treatment of two Tibetan mastiffs following the dog-bite incident in the Nanjing residential community on 8 August.
Animals Asia has learned that the Security Patrol branch and Shi Fo Temple Lost Dog Shelter under your leadership were involved in the handling of these unregistered dogs, which are prohibited in Nanjing city. The branch and shelter officers handled the case humanely by taking into consideration the rights of the citizens and the welfare of the animals. Your actions have been positively recognised by the citizens of Nanjing and local animal-protection groups.
Nanjing Ping An A Fu Animal Protection Group has notified animal-welfare groups across China of your positive actions. Moreover, news of your decision to treat the dogs humanely has spread across the globe and has reached international animal-protection organizations, such as ourselves, and we have passed this news onto our international supporters.
I am pleased to see Nanjing continuing to lead the way with humane dog-population management. Your police authority officials kindly met with our China Relations Director, Christie Yang and I in 2006 to discuss humane measures to control dog populations. This was at a time when dogs in both Yunnan and Shandong provinces were being brutally slaughtered.
We thank your authority for rejecting a cruel reactionary stance to this problem, which would have lead to dogs being killed, and for adopting the humane solution of placing stray dogs into the care of the Nanjing Ping An A Fu Animal Protection Group. We would also like to thank you once again for providing the shelter with funds to feed and care for the dogs. This previous action coupled with the news of the treatment of the two mastiffs shows the continued compassion and importance you place on the welfare of companion animals in Nanjing.
Animals Asia Foundation is devoted to animal protection across Asia, we appreciate the growing trend and recognition of animal welfare in China, particularly with the addition of this most recent case of humane handling.
China has a long tradition of compassion for the weak, disadvantaged and the needy. Your humane animal-management method is a testimony to this great tradition of compassion for non-human individuals. We at Animals Asia congratulate you for the progress you continue to make.
Jill Robinson MBE Founder & CEO Animals Asia Foundation
Tel: +852 2791 2225
Fax: +852 2791 2320
NB. Animals Asia Friendship Alliance is a network of animal-welfare groups across China working for the protection of companion animals.