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    In Paris thousands of dogs and other pets have been a abandoned by their owners as they go on their annual holidays.

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    In Paris thousands of dogs and other pets have been a abandoned by their owners as they go on their annual holidays. Some pets have been left to wander the streets while others have been killed.

    SYNOPSIS: There's mounting concern in France over the increasing number of animals abandoned every summer by people who don't bother to make arrangements for their pets to be cared for while they go on holiday. The newspaper France Soir has mounted campaign against the cruelty shown to pets-and in particular the horrifying ways in which some are killed.

    The dogs rounded up and taken to a home by a Societe Protectrice des Animaux (Society for the Protection of Animals) are the lucky ones. They're collected and at least given the chance of finding a new home. But many more are cruelly tortured before they die.

    According to a case cited by France Soir one owner got rid of his German Shepherd by attaching it to a chain behind his moped. He dragged it along until it had a fractured skull and paws that were torn so badly that the bones had been exposed. Nor were the cases confined to dogs and cats. One involved a cow.

    The Society for the Protection of Animals reported that a farmer had refused to call a Vetinary Surgeon to his cow when it was giving birth. As it was delivering a calf the cow kicked the farmer and, in his fury, he attacked the cow and broke one of its legs, leaving it to writhe in agony in a field.

    Another case cited was that of a dog in the country which was suspected of worrying chickens. Instead of calling a Vet to put down the dog or even shooting the animal its owner decided on drowning it. The cocker spaniel was thrown into a lake in a sack weighted with a stone and pulled out again after just 30 seconds. The Vet who was called by the Society for the Protection of Animals was too late to save the spaniel....although it was still alive when it was pulled out of the water, it died slowly of asphyxiation.

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