Story By: Gheorghi Caraseni, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
An animal shelter that specialises in giant dogs such as Great Danes is struggling to cope with the number of owners abandoning the pooches when they start to get too big for the house.
The Lapodai animal shelter is located in the village of Loginovo near the city of Yekaterinburg in the south-western Russian region of Sverdlovsk Oblast and is the only one in the region that caters for big dogs.
The shelter, which has found a home for over 700 giant dogs, has been operating for 12 years and most of their dogs used to have owners as puppies but were abandoned later on, according to the shelter’s founder Larisa Petrosyan.
The refuge is also home to other animals such as cats and birds, but they mainly specialise in caring for large dog breeds such as Great Danes, Caucasian Shepherd Dogs, Rottweilers, St. Bernards, Central Asian Shepherd Dogs, Moscow Watchdogs and so on.
Petrosyan told local media: “Most of the dogs were bought by their previous owners who could not cope with the responsibility once they grew into the size of a horse. They eat a lot and do not always respect you. We receive dozens of calls about this on a daily basis.”
According to Petrosyan, the shelter also has 25 aviaries and a host of other animals.
Petrosya works there with her two adult children and one son-in-law and she said that the shelter has found a home for over 700 giant dogs in their 12 years of operation.
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