Vietnam to fine urban breeding, unchained dogs at public places

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Those who breed animals in urban areas may be fined VND2 million (US$96), while those who leave dogs unleashed in public places will fetch a $24 fine, according a proposal by Vietnam's agriculture ministry.

Van Dang Ky from the Animal Health Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, told news website VnExpress in a report Monday that the proposals are open for comments and expected to take effect in the middle of this year.

Ky said the dog penalties, which will start at VND300,000 ($15), are necessary, as 500,000 people are forced to receive vaccinations after being bitten by dogs, or sometimes cats, each year, not to mention those bitten who do not seek treatment.

Figures from the ministry showed that rabies killed an average of 200 people across the country every year between 1991 and 2007. The problem seemed to have all but ceased until 110 people died from rabies in 2011. This year, 77 have died from the disease over the first ten months of 2012.

Ky said the ministry will discuss the specific boundaries wherein breeding penalties will be imposed as many families adjacent to city and town centers largely depend on raising pigs and livestock.

"We will gather ideas to make the regulations practical," he said.

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