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'Death threat' lifted for Bernese dogs

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'Death threat' lifted for Bernese dogs
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11:26 CEST+02:00

The local government in Bern has scrapped an old law stipulating that dogs be killed when their owners don’t pay dog tax.

The cantonal parliament has decided to repeal a law dating back to 1903 stating that animals belonging to offending owners can be suppressed by lethal injection, the daily Corriere del Ticino reported.

Now the canton’s authorities are “keeping up with the times” by looking for more modern ways to make sure that payments are carried out.

The newspaper said that last year the village of Reconvilier, near Bern, had threatened to kill dogs unless their owners paid the fees, as part of an effort to reclaim hundreds of thousands of francs.

Animal lovers worldwide had protested against the move, calling for a revision of the century-old law.

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