Permits needed to sell dogs in Kaohsiung City

The China Post news staff

People planning to sell pet dogs at night markets or on Internet websites in Kaohsiung will have to apply for permits and register as profit-seeking businesses, according to officials at the Department of Animal Protection under the Kaohsiung City Government. Officials said yesterday they have received reports that an increasing number of people have violated the Animal Protection Law by peddling their pet dogs at markets or in cyberspace. They explained that some people may have chosen to sell off their pets after their own dogs gave birth to more puppies than they anticipated. But those who decide to sell the animals to others should abide by the regulations and file applications for permits like pet shop owners. People selling the dogs via Internet websites should also list their permit numbers issued by the city government. The officials said they will step up inspections at markets and on the Internet.

People who fail to comply with the regulations will be fined in accordance with the law, they said. They said consumers wishing to purchase pet dogs should also first check if the sellers have permits and registration numbers for the protection of their own interests and to avoid possible disputes.