Following the news and subsequent controversy surrounding an incident in which Super Junior's Siwon's family dog bit a woman, who subsequently died due to sepsis from the bite, the Korean government have strengthened laws regarding unleashed dogs following increased attention towards the social issue of dogs in public.
In a new report from Nate, stronger punishments have been introduced for owners of unleashed dogs. It is reported the new laws now state that a dog owner will be fined 200,000 won (~AUD$226) for the first offence of walking a dog in public without a leash, followed by an increase of 300,000 won (~AUD$340) and 500,000 won (~AUD$567) for second and third offenses respectively. This new fine represents a near quadruple increase from previous fines.
Furthermore, a new "dog paparazzi" scheme will be introduced in March 2018 in which passerbys who reports dogs in public without a leash will be reported 20% of the fines.
Finally, it is reported that four new laws regarding longer sentences and fines for dog-related deaths have been submitted for review and is currently under consideration.
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