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Families properly peeved by pets

PETS piddling in public are the biggest concern for the city's image, according to a recent survey of Shanghai families.

The Shanghai Statistics Bureau survey involved 1,300 families and was carried out in accordance with the city government's 600-days-before Expo plan.

The families were asked to rank nine nuisances including illegal street vendors, bill posting, graffiti, spitting, and being noisy.

According to the survey the families were most annoyed by pets urinating and defecating in public.

Qiao Yin, a university student, who herself is a dog owner, said, "Letting pets urinate or defecate in public deprives the animals of self respect. A true animal lover wouldn't allow that to happen."

The toilet-less pets upset 61.8 percent of the surveyed group the most but then 52.9 and 43.2 percent thought spitting and graffiti were really bad for the city's image.

On the other hand, vandalism is not such a problem for the families with 97.3 percent saying more green spaces in the city have helped improve the surroundings.

The survey's results will be sent to the city government.


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