Keeping a Dog in Hefei ; Rules & Penalties

According to the Hefei Municipal People’s Government’s regulations, as of 2019, a household is only allowed to keep one dog.

It is also important to note that certain areas, such as hospitals, schools, and some restaurants, may have restrictions on the presence of dogs.

THE RULES TO KNOW
Register your dog: You must register your dog with the local animal control department within 30 days of bringing it home. You will need to provide proof of vaccinations, as well as a health certificate issued by a veterinarian.

  1. Dog registration fees: The cost of registering a dog varies depending on the city or district in whiIn Hefei, the fees are around ¥50-¥100.
  2. Leash laws: Dogs must be kept on a leash in public areas, including parks, sidewalks, and other outdoor spaces. This is to ensure the safety of both dogs and people.
  3. Dog waste disposal: It is important to properly dispose of your dog’s waste to keep the environment clean and healthy. You should use designated waste bags and dispose of them in designated areas.
  4. Barking regulations: Dogs must not bark excessively or disturb others, especially during quiet hours (e.g. before 7:00 AM and after 10:00 PM). If your dog does disturb others, you may be fined.
  5. Dog vaccinations: Dogs must be vaccinated against common diseases, such as distemper, hepatitis, and rabies. You should consult with a veterinarian to ensure your dog is up-to-date on its vaccinations.


In China, there are strict laws regarding the ownership and behavior of dogs. Failure to comply with these laws can result in various penalties, including fines, confiscation of dogs, or even imprisonment. Here are some common dog-related offenses that can lead to penalties in Hefei:

  1. Abandoning a dog: If you leave your dog unattended for more than 24 hours or abandon it in a public place without taking any measures to find its owner, you may face a fine of up to ¥500. Additionally, the dog may be confiscated by animal protection organizations.
  2. Not registering your dog: In China, all dogs must be registered with local authorities within 7 days of purchase or adoption. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to ¥500.
  3. Not keeping your dog on a leash or chain: Dogs must always be kept on a leash or chain when in public places, except in designated off-leash areas. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to ¥500.
  4. Allowing your dog to bite someone: If your dog bites someone, you may face criminal charges and fines of up to ¥50,000. Additionally, the dog may be confiscated by animal protection organizations.

It’s important to note that these penalties can vary depending on the severity of the offense and the location where it occurred. Therefore, it’s advisable to familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations before owning or adopting a dog in Hefei or any other part of China.

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