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North China Tourist City of Xi'an Bans Large Dogs

By: associated press
By: associated press

BEIJING (AP) -- A tourist city in northern China will ban residents from keeping large dogs such as German shepherds in its downtown core.

The city of Xi'an in Shaanxi province says in a statement posted on its website late Tuesday that the ban will start Feb. 1.

The city has three ring roads, and large dogs will be banned in all
areas inside the third ring road.

They'll also be banned from some places outside the third ring road, including government grounds, schools, hospitals and scenic areas.

The official Xinhua News Agency says 34 types of dogs will be banned.

The rules have been put in place because of worries about rabies and problems with wild dogs.

Xi'an is known for the terra-cotta warriors -- thousands of life-sized clay figures that are one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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