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Netherlands Em-barks on Lower Fares for Dogs

December 23, 1994

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) _ After much growling by their owners, canine commuters will be charged lower fares on Dutch trains.

The national train network announced it is putting a $5.68 ceiling on the price of tickets for dogs. Tickets for dogs now cost 60 percent of the second- class fare - as much as $32 for a second-class ticket.

″We got a lot of letters from travelers saying that tickets for dogs were much more expensive than tickets for children,″ rail spokeswoman Ingeborg Faber said Friday.

Children under 12 can travel anywhere for 85 cents.

About 5,000 dog trips are logged each month. No cat records are kept, and they travel free.

Seeing-eye dogs ride free, as do dogs in carrying cases that fit in a luggage rack or under a chair.

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