In an effort to stop people from complaining about dogs that bark non-stop, the Batu Gajah District Council has issued a new rule:
Seek your neighbour's permission if you want to own a dog.
The Batu Gajah District Council (MDBG) in Perak has made it a mandatory rule for dog owners applying for a dog license to seek their neighbours' consent first.
"This is to ensure better management of the pets and to ensure there are fewer complaints from the people," The Star quoted the Council president as saying.
Nurdiana Puaadi, the Council president, added that the MDBG had received numerous complaints about dogs that barked non-stop.
"Once the neighbours give their approval, they cannot complain to us," she said.
And the rule is not just for people applying for a new dog licence, even existing dog owners need to get their neighbours' permission
According to the report in The Star Online, Ipoh residents staying at terrace lots need the consent from neighbours from both sides.
Additionally, those staying in bungalows, semi-detached and cluster homes need permission from neighbours on both sides and at the back
There's also a limit on the number of dogs you can keep. For example, if you live in a bungalow, semi-detached or terrace corner lot, you can keep a maximum of two dogs, while residents in terrace end lots and terrace intermediate lots can only keep one.
The new rule also states the types of dogs not allowed
Akita, American Bulldog, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
While Rottweilers are allowed, new applicants now need to produce health reports from the Veterinary Services Department.
Those who have been keeping Rottweilers can renew the licence until the pet dies.
Besides, your dog cannot roam unsupervised, unleashed and without a muzzle. And if a dog that's three years or older is found without a licence, the Council impound and put it down.