New Delhi, June 9 (ANI): From now on, residents in China's Luwan District of Shanghai, who wish to keep a pet dog, will have to attend a hearing with their neighbours for their approval.
According to the Shanghai Daily, the district's public security bureau director said that the program has been launched in a bid to avoid neighbourhood disputes caused by dogs.
Households that fail to get the nod from all five neighbours will be refused a dog license, and unlicensed pets will be confiscated.
The trial is taking place at Ruijin No.2 Road police station, reports the China Daily.
When a resident will apply for a dog license, the neighbourhood committee will arrange a hearing between the applicant and their five nearest neighbours, who will then vote on the issue after the applicant gives a statement.
"It is a good way to reduce future conflicts caused by pet dogs," said Chen Mingjun, director of the Luwan District branch of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau.
Currently, a dog owner can receive a license after gathering five signatures from neighbours.
Now, Luwan District is giving the neighbours an opportunity to sit together, discuss and vote to approve or reject a license application. (ANI)