Few animals left behind in Fukushima disaster's wake were rescued

01/26/2012 | CNN

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Fukushima last year resulted in a mass evacuation of some 78,000 people who didn't have a chance to take their animals with them. Despite at least one rescue mission by a Japanese animal welfare groups and repeated pleas to the government to retrieve the animals, many were never rescued and died from starvation or disease. Of those that have been rescued, most still reside in cramped shelters because their owner's temporary housing won't allow pets.

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