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Want a pet dog? First pay 30,000 yuan

RESIDENTS who want pet dogs must first pay a deposit of between 30,000 yuan (US$4,394) and 80,000 yuan in a bid to stop complaints in a southwest China community.

The neighorhood committee hoped the high charges would stop owners from keeping pets, today's China Business View newspaper reported, citing the committee director Zhang Yujing.

They'll also have to pay 500 yuan each year in cleaning fees to the community in Baoyan in Shaanxi Province's Baoji City.

More than 70 of the total 760 families in the community keep dogs, with many complaints of barking, dog mess and sometimes attacks on people, she said.

She expected most pet owners would be unwilling to pay the deposit and give up their dogs, she added.

However, pet owners complained about the high cost, and said the policy breached their personal right to keep pets. "The community hasn't the right to set the price. If anything, it should be set by the city's pricing authority," said a dog owner surnamed Dafeng.


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