Mon, February 02, 2009
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Japanese care for retired guide dogs in Sapporo, Japan

2009-02-02 11:04:47 GMT2009-02-02 19:04:47 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Women pray at a tomb for dead guide dogs in an asylum for retired guide dogs in Sapporo, northern Japan, Feb. 2, 2009. Most guide dogs over 12 years old are retired from service due to their declining physical strength. More than 200 retired guide dogs have lived their remaining years in the facility since the Hokkaido guide dogs association opened the care center in 1978, authorities said. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Pictures of dead guide dogs are placed on an altar at an asylum for retired guide dogs in Sapporo, northern Japan, Feb. 2, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Keiko Tsuji, care-taker for retired guide dogs, plays with them on the snow at an asylum for retired guide dogs in Sapporo, northern Japan, Feb. 2, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Keiko Tsuji, care-taker for retired guide dogs, feeds Rick on a bed at an asylum for retired guide dogs in Sapporo, northern Japan, Feb. 2, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Retired guide dog Rick lies on a bed at an asylum for retired guide dogs in Sapporo, northern Japan, Feb. 2, 2009. Rick, who is 16 years old, is immobile. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Most guide dogs over 12 years old in Japan are retired from service due to their declining physical strength.

More than 200 retired guide dogs have lived their remaining years in an asylum for retired guide dogs in Sapporo, northern Japan, since the Hokkaido guide dogs association opened the care center in 1978, authorities said.

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