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01/31/2009

Otsu City has started constructing a new animal shelter

Otsu City started constructing a new animal shelter in Oginosato on January 27th, because the city will obtain delegated power over animal-control in April 2009. The shelter, provisionally named "the City Animal Protection Center," will temporarily keep stray cats and dogs until they are either reclaimed by owners or adopted to new owners.

As a matter of fact, the construction of the shelter was stranded for a while because of protests made by local residents. In February 2008, a community organization submitted a petition signed by 3,500 residents to protest the plan, pointing out hygienic concerns. The city office did anything accountable to solve those concerns, even after the project was restarted in June.

"Through dialogue with the protesters, we obtained at least their understanding. The shelter has fulfilled local residents' requests," says Masaru Matsumura, the chairperson of the neighborhood self-governing body.

(Mainichi Shimbun, January 28, 2009)

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