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article imageJapanese dog who refused to leave injured friend caught on video

By Lynn Curwin     Mar 17, 2011 in World
Mito - A shivering but loyal dog was captured on video as it remained by the side of an injured canine, amid the destruction left by the tsunami in Japan.
ABC reported that a news crew from Fuji TV came across the dogs lying among the rubble in Mito, Ibarak, on Japan's eastern coast. At first, they thought one of the dogs might be dead.
Rescuers were contacted but it took about an hour before they could separate the two animals.
"Those two dogs are rescued," Kenn Sakurai posted on Facebook. "The one which came close to the camera is in the better condition. The other White, Gray and Black was weak. So it is in the vet clinic in Ibaraki Prefectre. The other dog is in the shelter of the same area.
But please know that those two are just the tip of the iceberg. There are more and we need help."
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support, a coalition of groups that have been rescuing and rehoming animals in Japan for many years, has both a web page and a Facebook page, providing information on the work being done and accepting donations so that they can do more.
Global Animal also has information and photos of what is taking place in Japan, as well as several links to organisations involved in the rescue work.
"Japan is a nation of pets, with about 35 percent of Japanese caring for dogs and cats in their homes, as well as birds and rabbits, which are also popular pets," states the website. "To honor this relationship by helping the pets in Japan is to help people. All of us who are animal lovers can relate to what it would feel like to be reunited with a pet after a disaster. The images here cut to the heart."
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