24 Feb '11, 6am

Shanghai adopts one-dog policy, highlighting 'rampant barking & growing risk of dog attacks' as problems

SHANGHAI - SHANGHAI has adopted a one-dog policy, passing a law limiting homes to one canine each as it tries to curb the growing popularity of man's best friend in China's leading metropolis. The law takes effect May 15, the official China Daily reported Thursday. Under the law, dog owners must also give their pets' puppies to eligible no-dog households or to government-approved adoption agencies before the pups reach three months, the report said. Anyone currently owning two or more licensed dogs will be allowed to keep them, it added Dog ownership has grown alongside China's fast-expanding middle class with official estimates putting Shanghai's pet dog population at 800,000 - although only a quarter of that number are registered, a previous report said. The government had said tighter regulation was needed due to rampant barking, unscooped waste, and the growing risk of...

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