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Dog-slaying task force disbanded after outcry

A TASK force consisting of urban management and police officers set up to catch and kill street dogs in Heihe City, Heilongjiang Province, was disbanded on Saturday after the city government lifted a ban aimed at keeping dogs in the city away from public places.

The team had planned to kill any dogs found on the street starting from Saturday but the government suspended the plan due to pressure from the public, the media and online communities, New Wenhua Post, a newspaper in Heilongjiangís neighboring Jilin Province, reported yesterday.

The paper quoted a man surnamed Zhou, a representative of Heihe Pets Federation, one of the opponents of the plan. Zhou said this was a temporary dismissal and a future plan to deal with the dogs may still be carried out depending on public opinion.

Zhou said the ban was imposed after a senior local official was bitten by a dog.

Heihe government issued a statement last Wednesday stating that dogs were banned from the cityís downtown areas and four villages in the suburbs. Any dogs found in the restricted areas would be killed from Saturday, while their owners would be fined 200 yuan (US$29.20) each, the statement said.

The dog ban was delayed after a public outcry. Local officials said on Saturday they were amending it to make it ìmore standardized and humane.?


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