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China's Xi'an keeps large dogs out of center

By Ma Lie (China Daily)

13:05, February 04, 2012

A dog helps his owner go shopping on a street in Xi'an last year. Provided to China Daily

XI'AN - Residents of Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, have to send away their large and strong dogs as the restricting regulation for dog keeping was put into force on Wednesday, but police are giving dog owners time to make arrangements.

A resident surnamed Song was stopped by two police officers in a downtown street on Friday morning when he was walking his golden retriever. He was told the regulation barred him from keeping such a large dog.

Song told the officers that his dog was registered and showed its license and vaccination record, adding that the animal was very gentle.

"I can't keep such a gentle dog?" Song asked.

"No, because it's one of the large breeds listed in the regulation. You'll have to send it away," said Li Ximin, one of the officers.

Song told China Daily he got the dog two years ago and was deeply attached to it. "It will be very hard for me to lose my pet, but I understand the regulation and will do my best to comply," Song said.

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