Dog Latrines in Hong Kong, Just Decorations?

OK, In my 2 years of being in Hong Kong, I’ve seen a total of one of these dog latrines, and about 5 of these dog poop bins. This article is just over 3 years old, but still very insightful.

 

Dog latrines, which are more common in Hong Kong than in the mainland China, are placed by Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD).

“You can spot them along the pavement, they are square shaped and marked with a sign,” Melissa said.

The FEHD website (fehd.gov.hk) states that 480 dog toilets and 1,510 bins for throwing away animal waste are available throughout Hong Kong. An owner can be fined HK$1,500 for failing to clean up after their pet on the street.

According to the several pet owners, many dog latrines are filled with sand and there are rarely dogs around using them.

“My dog has never been in a latrine,” said a dog owner living on Lamma Island, where, she added, the dog latrines are far from her home. “Dogs have an instinct to pick spots by themselves, to do business in order to leave traces. They won’t go to public latrines in fixed places.”

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Hong Kong attempts to educate the dog-owning public about protecting the environment from animal waste, according to Vivian Chiu, an education manager with the SPCA. Chiu said the organization’s training programs include teaching pet owners to pack up the waste in plastic bags and newspapers, and dispose of it properly.

 

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