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Animal welfare worry over Brighton and Hove City Council cuts

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Image caption Reports of dangerous dogs may not be investigated by the council's animal welfare team

Complaints over dangerous dogs or the mistreatment of animals may not be investigated under cost-cutting plans considered by Brighton and Hove City Council.

The animal welfare team on the council could be cut to such an extent it would only fulfil its statutory obligation to round-up stray dogs.

More than 2,000 campaigners have signed a petition against the plans.

The council said it will discuss the proposal at a meeting in February.

If the cuts go ahead it would also mean the council would stop policing people who refuse to pick-up after their dogs.

The authority said it has to save £68m from its total budget over the next four years.

The proposals will be discussed at the full council meeting on 25 February.

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