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Update 11th May 2011
According to news reports, the Government is loosening its stance on allowing people being let back into the 20k no-go zone, to retrieve belongings but also to retrieve pets and authorities will be picking up animals "which have been tied in grounds of homes." However, it is unlikely that any of these will be still alive after two months without food and water, unless other people have been feeding them. We also wonder about all the loose dogs and cats. Who will be taking the time and trouble to catch them and bring them to safety? Also wondering if these owners will take these dogs and cats to evacuation centres but not be allowed to take them inside, what facilities will there be for them? Most farm animals have been left to their fate. Although late in the day, at least there is some measured response to the outcry around the world to the Japanese Government's handling of this situation. To get an inside look at what at least one pet owner has already been through, watch this video
We want to thank everyone who took part in the petition and this pressure campaign. Will get more up-to-date details later.
Today the boys went up to Tokyo by air and then by car to collect 15 dogs from the Ibaragi breeder. They will come back to Osaka this evening from Haneda. All are females except one male Shar Pei. Others include: Bulldogs 2, Cocker spaniel 1, Shelties 3, Chinese crested 7.
|Our priority now is on housing the remaining 16 dogs from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, many of whom have owners, but who are unable to take them back. The area (land) where the Earthquake dogs are now housed, has been rented for many years but now due to changing circumstances of the owners, is due to be returned to them. That means there is some urgency in building new kennels for them in Sasayama. Your continuing support is appreciated.|