Parisian puppy population plummets

7th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 5, 2006 (AFP) - The cliché of the poodle-carrying Parisienne is becoming a thing of the past as the French capital has lost nearly a quarter of its dog population in just four years, according to figures Tuesday from city hall.

PARIS, Sept 5, 2006 (AFP) - The cliché of the poodle-carrying Parisienne is becoming a thing of the past as the French capital has lost nearly a quarter of its dog population in just four years, according to figures Tuesday from city hall.

Paris contained 190,000 canine inhabitants in 2002 but has only 147,000 today, according to a study based on 4,000 households. Well-to-do areas such as the 16th and 8th arrondissements in the west of the city have the largest populations.

The decline is probably linked to a clampdown by the Socialist city council against owners who allow their animals to foul the pavement, officials said. Offenders now risk on-the-spot fines.

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