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Food coming for pets left behind

May 11, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Help is on the way for hundreds of household pets left behind after a volcano erupted in southern Chile, an animal welfare group said.

The Coalition for Ethical Control of Urban Fauna said the Emergency Bureau offered to carry food to pets in Chaiten, a town six miles from the volcano of the same name. An estimated 450 dogs and 350 cats were left when residents were evacuated after the initial eruption May 2.

Alejandra Cassino, a group representative, said, "There are some people among us thinking of a commando operation to reach the town."

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