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Officials consult public over new dog regulation

AUTHORITIES are collecting public opinions on how to better enforce the city's regulation on dog ownership, which takes effect on May 15.

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Shanghai Daily will submit suggestions to the Shanghai People's Congress, the local legislature body.

The regulation states that people living in downtown areas and new urban centers, such as Lingang and Jiading new towns, can only raise one dog per household.

All dogs will require a license, will have to be vaccinated against rabies and have annual checks. Owners will face fines ranging from 200 yuan (US$30) to 1,000 yuan or have the dog taken away for breaking certain clauses.

The cost of a license has not been specified yet, though law makers said earlier it will be no more than 1,000 yuan, much lower than the present 2,000 yuan.

The law also bans attack dogs, such as Tibetan mastiffs, calls for large dogs to be muzzled when outdoors and for owners to clean up excrement. However, the regulation does not explain who or how dog owners will be supervised.

There are about 600,000 unlicensed and 150,000 licensed dogs in the city. Police handled nearly 140,000 dog bite reports last year, compared to 100,000 in 2006.


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