So much for man's best friend: Iran bans dog-walking in public and warn animals could be 'arrested' if caught outside Daily Mail
- Dog walking in public and driving them in cars set to be prohibited in Iran
- Also banned in 2011 as Iranians with dogs were 'blindly imitating the West'
- In Iran, dogs are considered unclean and only working dogs are tolerated
Walking dogs in public or driving them around in cars is set to be banned in Iran. Now dog owners fear their pets will be 'arrested' if they are caught in public and they could also face a fine. It is the latest attempted crackdown on dogs in the country, where the animals are viewed as unclean.
In 2011, authorities threatened to criminalise dog ownership and said the growing popularity of keeping the pets 'poses a cultural problem, blind imitation of the vulgar Western culture'. Deputy police chief Ahmad Reza Radan told the Fars news agency that they 'will confront those who walk their dogs in the streets.
Cars carrying dogs will also be impounded.' More... Who did this to Henry? $5,000 reward offered for information after horrifically scarred dog is discovered on the streets Seven foot alligator seized by animal group after video emerged of it being taunted by teenagers who kept it in Ohio basement for 15 YEARS However the Iranian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has questioned whether this is illegal and said that now law forbids dog ownership, according to AFP.
It said dozens of dogs had been 'arrested' and were taken to 'undisclosed locations'. According to animal supporters, this crackdown is more series than previous attempts.
Payam Mohebi, a pet hospital chief from Tehran, was quoted as saying: 'Owners are being told that their dogs will be killed, and no paper (confirming the confiscation) is given to them.' \\