BEIJING, Nov. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Dog owners in the city may soon find themselves allowed to raise only one dog at home, according to the city's proposed pet law now being reviewed at the local legislature.
The city's draft legislation on dog management makes it explicit that each household can have only one dog, given Shanghai's high population density and limited living space, it said.
If their dogs have puppies, dog owners should give them away to other eligible adopters or send them to government-approved adoption agencies by the time they are 3 months old, so as to abide by the one-dog policy, the draft regulation said.
The alternative, it said, is for owners to perform sterilization surgery on their dogs.
Shanghai is not the only Chinese city to come up with the one-dog rule. Earlier, cities including Guangzhou and Chengdu passed laws restricting one household to one dog only in designated control areas.
Regulators in Shanghai are also thinking of lowering the exorbitant cost of dog licenses and registration.
According to the draft, the threshold will be cut to about 300 yuan ($45), taking into account the cost of certification, planting an ID-chip in the dog for identification purposes and providing a rabies vaccine every year.
Currently, dog owners pay anywhere from 1,000 yuan to 2,000 yuan annually for their dogs' licenses and vaccination, depending on where the dogs are raised. The closer dog owners live to the city's center, the more they have to pay to keep a pet.