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Woman creates private animal shelter in China

July 4, 2008 | 10:16 am

Injured_dogs_walk_around_an_animal_In the wake of the devastating earthquake in China, the Associated Press has a report on something very unusual in that country: A former businesswoman has created a private animal shelter.

The white short-haired mutt was found dragging his crushed hind legs through rubble-clogged streets after the massive earthquake devastated China's Sichuan province.

The shy terrier mix was lucky to live through the May 12 quake that killed nearly 70,000 people. He was even more fortunate to survive the squads of police and soldiers who were gunning down homeless canines for fear they would spread disease in the disaster's aftermath.

But his luckiest day was when he was picked up by Chen Yunlian.

Now he's among some 100 "quake dogs" rescued by the former businesswoman, who has created something extremely rare in China: a private animal shelter.

Chen is also on the vanguard of a new movement in China of citizens who start their own groups to deal with social problems that were once mostly handled — or ignored — by the Communist Party-led state. Click here for more photos of injured animals who have been helped by Chen.

Photo: Andy Wong / Associated Press

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