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As death toll mounts, volunteers brave Oregon wildfires to rescue stranded livestock

Volunteers struggle to gather sheep for rescue near Colton, Ore., in the Riverside wildfire south of Portland. <span class="copyright">(Richard Read / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Volunteers struggle to gather sheep for rescue near Colton, Ore., in the Riverside wildfire south of Portland. (Richard Read / Los Angeles Times)

The plea for help appeared on Facebook just after noon: Dozens of animals were trapped on a farm outside the Oregon town of Colton. A wildfire was closing in.

Suzi Cloutier jumped into her pickup and headed south, towing a horse trailer.

As director of an animal sanctuary outside Portland, Cloutier has been on high alert amid some of the worst wildfires in Oregon history.

She sped past barricades near Colton, 30 miles south of Portland on

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China dog meat festival goes ahead but virus takes a toll

Beijing (AFP) – Volunteers at a Beijing dog shelter hand out treats to dozens of rescued animals which had been bound for a controversial dog meat festival under way this week in southern China.

The annual event in Yulin city always provokes outrage from animal rights activists, but this year they hope the coronavirus epidemic will be the death knell of a tradition they see as cruel.

It is “inhumane and barbaric”, said Jeffrey Beri, founder of the No Dogs Left Behind organisation, which keeps around 200 canines in large wire enclosures on the outskirts of the Chinese capital and

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