Under the Rabies Ordinance, dogs older than five months must be licensed, vaccinated against rabies and microchipped. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Under the Rabies Ordinance, dogs older than five months must be licensed, vaccinated against rabies and microchipped. Photo: Jonathan Wong

All bark and no bite? Hong Kong’s Ombudsman wants dog licensing regime toughened as number of unlicensed, unvaccinated canines soars

  • Ombudsman uncovers more than 167,000 unlicensed dogs over past decade, tells Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department to step up oversight
  • System designed to prevent rabies flagging due to a lack of inspections, Ombudsman finds, with prosecutions also dropping

Topic |   Pets in Hong Kong
Under the Rabies Ordinance, dogs older than five months must be licensed, vaccinated against rabies and microchipped. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Under the Rabies Ordinance, dogs older than five months must be licensed, vaccinated against rabies and microchipped. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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