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A tough economy leads to a rise in older dogs up for adoption

By jim Published: March 16, 2009

Meet Noah, Baby, Samantha, Rocky, and Oreo - they are the faces of America's deepening recession.

Furry faces, granted. But the dogs are victims of hard times in the Toledo area nonetheless, just as their former owners are.

And 12 of the 25 dogs the Toledo Area Humane Society had up for adoption Friday were 8 years or older, an unusually high number of elderly dogs at a given time, officials said.

"All of them are ringing an economic tune," Natasha Bailey, the group's operations director, said of the older bunch. "It's because of economic situations that all of [their former owners] are in."

Read the full story at the Toledo Blade.

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