Hounded by conservatives, Iran's dogs find peace at country's only licensed animal shelter

December 10, 2014 5:45 AM

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Hounded by conservatives, Iran's dogs find peace at country's only licensed animal shelter

In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 photo, Homa Rashid, a lawyer and volunteer at the Vafa Animal Shelter, rests with a dog, in the city of Hashtgerd 43 miles (73 kilometers) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. More than 500 dogs find care and affection at the Vafa Animal Shelter, which was established through an endowment in 2004 and is the country’s only licensed animal refuge. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) (The Associated Press)

In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 photo, Iranian volunteer Rana Ashoug stands inside a cage with dogs at the Vafa Animal Shelter in the city of Hashtgerd 43 miles (73 kilometers) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. Man’s best friend is seen as anything but in Iran, where city workers gun down strays and co...

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