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Chinese city launches scheme for dealing with dog mess that’s hard to pooh-pooh

Introduction of all-in-one ‘pet boxes’ has made streets of Jinan much cleaner, residents say

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 September, 2017, 1:38pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 September, 2017, 5:22pm

Streets littered with dog poo could soon be a thing of the past in one east China city after the local government installed “pet boxes” to help people clean up after their pooches, local media reported.

The new scheme was introduced recently in Jinan, capital of Shandong province, and has been well received by local residents, news website Wireless Jinan reported on Friday.

“There are many dog owners, and people frequently step in dog poo,” a woman surnamed Wang was quoted as saying.

“The pet boxes make it much more convenient for dog owners to dispose of it.”

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Each container is clearly marked with colourful lettering and topped with a figure of a small dog. They feature not only a bin for depositing waste, but also a paper dispenser in case owners are caught short of something suitable in which to wrap their dog’s droppings.

With about 27.4 million, China is home to the world’s third-largest population of pet dogs, according to figures released last year by the National Bureau of Statistics. A report published earlier this year by Beijing Youth Daily said the number of pets in China had grown by about 12 per cent a year over the past decade.

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Dog owners in Jinan should be grateful for their local government’s support in helping them deal with pet mess. In the Spanish capital Madrid, dog owners who fail to properly clean up after their hounds are forced to carry out street cleaning duties as a punishment.