Dogs left behind in Japanese nuclear aftermath pose public health risk

09/21/2011 | Seattle Times, The

Japanese officials say that 1,500 dogs were registered in the no-entry zone, a 12.4 mile radius around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant that suffered a disaster in March, and officials estimate that hundreds of these dogs and their offspring still inhabit the area, posing a health risk to themselves, other animals and humans. Officials have set up a shelter and are providing veterinary care, but catching the dogs is proving to be more difficult than anticipated.

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