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SHANG­HAI — China’s largest city is set­ting a limit of one dog per fam­ily in an ef­fort to gain con­trol over the soar­ing pet pop­u­la­tion and curb ra­bies.

Shang­hai’s new pet own­er­ship rules also cut steep fees for dog reg­is­tra­tion hop­ing to bring more un­doc­u­mented dogs onto the books. They also re­quire those walk­ing dogs to keep them on leashes.

Only about 140 000 of Shang­hai’s es­ti­mated 800 000 dogs have been reg­is­tered un­der cur­rent rules, which re­quire pay­ment of a 2 000 yuan (R2 150) an­nual fee for those liv­ing down­town and half that for those in the sub­urbs. — Sapa-AP.

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