East Germany: New Leash On Life

New Leash On Life

Almost overlooked amid all the goings-on in East Germany was the matter of those 6,500 canines who for years gave paws, as it were, to would-be border jumpers. Now most of the dogs are out of work, so West Germany's Animal Protection Society is taking 2,500 for adoption. The society is already swamped with aspiring owners, who must pay about $50 to cover the cost of inoculations and veterinary exams.

The society launched its rescue mission when it learned that the Grenzhunde might be sold to buyers in Spain or the U.S. Says society official Ulrich Karlowski: "In Spain the pharmaceutical...

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