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 Tuesday, 7 January, 2003, 13:29 GMT
New drive to rid town of strays
Abandoned dogs
Councillors want a return to dog licensing
A new drive to rid Shrewsbury of the problem of stray dogs could include a return to licensing and compulsory tagging.

Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough councillors have agreed new arrangements for the dogs, which include kennels on an out-of-town farm.

The area's dog warden service deals with around five strays a week and at the same time, the well-known kennels at Roden have decided to put more emphasis on rehousing rather than returning strays to their owners.

This has led senior councillors to consider new plans, which include the use of new kennels being established on a farm at Dorrington for housing strays.

But they also want a tightening of the rules to tackle the problem in the first place.

As a result, councillors are to press the government to return to dog licensing and they also say dogs should be tagged with identification of their owners.

Licences were abandoned in 1987 when the charge, set at 37.5p, became less than the cost of administering it.


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