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City in dire need of pet vets and dog shelters

SHANGHAI will not have enough dog services and dog shelters to take care of the large number of canine residents next year when its dog-owing draft regulation comes into force.

The new regulation will drastically cut the license fee for owning a dog and is likely to encourage many of the estimated 600,000-plus unlicensed dogs to be registered and vaccinated against rabies.

Shanghai currently has only three authorized agencies to provide services required by the regulation, while another three are under construction. They simply cannot handle the city's huge number of dogs, Chen Zhaofeng, a local lawmaker, said today.

"We are unable to handle so many dogs if their owners voluntarily come for licenses after the regulation takes effect," he said.

One of the three stations run by Shanghai Animal Disease Control and Prevention Center offers vaccination to about 30,000 dogs a year but there are nearly 750,000 dogs in the city, including the licensed ones, said one veterinarian at the station in Changning District.

Even worse, the city has only one dog shelter for homeless dogs. As the new regulation permits each family to have just one dog, many owners will have to give away extra dogs to other people or to the shelter.


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