Man detained in China for giving dogs ‘illegal’ names

A man has been detained in eastern China for giving his dogs “illegal” names, it’s reported.

According to popular newspaper Beijing News, a dog breeder in his early 30s surnamed Ban in eastern Anhui Province was summoned by the police on Monday, after posting on mobile messenger WeChat that he had two new dogs, named Chengguan and Xieguan.

The names attracted controversy because they refer to government and civil service workers respectively.