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September 13, 2012 at 9:37 PM

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Refuge for displaced Iranian dogs


DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Kay Joubert, Companion Animal Services Director at PAWS of Lynnwood, goes slow with Ghandoon, a 2-year old Anatolian Shepherd, who arrived at the shelter Tuesday visibly scared and agitated having traveled half way around the world from her home in Iran. The Humane Society is trying to get ahead of a potential ban of all dogs in Iranian cities and suburbs by relocating some of the animals to shelters in the United States. PAWS was among the first to receive two of the animals, both malnourished and skittish around people. But volunteers hope to rehabilitate the animals and put them into adoptive homes.

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DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The Iranian government is proposing a ban on all dogs in the cities and suburbs. Shelters there are struggling to find these animals new homes abroad. PAWS of Lynnwood has already taken in two dogs, and possibly more in the future.

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