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Metro website matches stray dogs with owners

DOG lovers hoping to adopt a stray can now look on the Shanghai Metro operator's microblog, after an appeal there found a home for an abandoned pup.

On Friday, subway workers matched an owner with a puppy discovered in a box at the Shanghai Railway Station stop, after publishing its details on Shanghai Metro's official microblog,

Strays frequently turn up at subway stations, either seeking warmth or because they are abandoned, workers said.

A small brown, curly-haired puppy was adopted by a young local woman hours after Lisa Xiong, a Metro worker at the station, posted its photo and story on the microblog.

Metro management said yesterday they would do the same in future cases but stressed that it is illegal and dangerous to take animals to subway stations.

"If no adopter is found within a couple of days, we will send the strays to volunteer groups or the police," said Yin Wei, an official with local Metro management. "Animals are prohibited inside stations and strays pose a threat to operational safety."

Xiong recalled finding the animal: "The puppy was inside a dirty paper box left in a corner." She took a snapshot and published it on the microblog, which boasts 154,000 followers. Xiong also contacted a local animal protection group - Love Cats, Love Dogs Association - which re-tweeted the message and helped find an owner.

The same afternoon, a picture of the pup with its beaming new owner was published on the microblog.


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