Dog Hell, Switzerland

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dog hell

Considering a move to Switzerland? Perhaps a vacation? Whatever you do, stay far away from Reconvilier. Your dog will thank you.

In an attempt to reclaim hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes, the small Swiss village intends to begin enforcing a law enacted in 1904 that specifically addresses the town’s $50 annual pet tax, and it goes a little something like this: pay your pet tax or the village kills your dog.

Village official Pierre-Alain Nemitz says, “This isn’t about a mass execution of dogs, it’s meant to put pressure on people who don’t cooperate.” Apparently the village’s 2245 residents have very different feelings about the 280 dogs who call Reconvilier home. On Monday Nemitz told the AP that village authorities have been receiving death threats since word of the tax enforcement policy got out.

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