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Dog owners bark at police crackdown

DOG owners are outraged after police in southern Guangdong Province say they'll take anyone who walks an unleashed dog on public streets to the police station for questioning.

Guangzhou police announced a crackdown on dangerous dogs and fines of up to 2,000 yuan (US$292.98) for unregistered dogs in July this year.

The city's Public Security Bureau said it will start to "clear" dangerous dogs from Guangzhou's streets, without defining a dangerous dog.

But residents said it is not realistic for police officers to question every dog owner who breached the regulations.

The new rules even set a maximum length for dog leads, said one owner surnamed Zhao. "What if my hand slipped and the dog temporarily ran free while I was walking it - should I be interrogated too?" asked Zhao.

Only one dog can be registered by each family.


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