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Shanghai Implements 'One Household, One Dog' Policy

Chris Amaral/Thinkstock(SHANGHAI) -- China’s most-populated city is seeking to cut down on its dog population, by implementing a new rule which calls for a maximum of one dog per family.

The “one household, one dog” policy is scheduled to take effect in Shanghai on Sunday and applies to local city residents, as well as to foreign residents. According to Shanghai Municipal Government officials, the only people exempted from the rule are families who already have licenses for more than one dog.

City officials say approximately 140,000 of the city’s dogs are licensed, while at least 600,000 dogs are not licensed.

New city regulations will see licensing fees cut by 75 percent, dropping down to 500 yuan ($77), which officials hope will encourage dog owners to have their pets licensed.

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