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Netizens lend a hand after rescuer of 200 dogs dies

By Huang Hsu-lei and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Netizens have come to the rescue after the owner of a private animal shelter in Greater Kaohsiung passed away last week, leaving the more than 200 dogs under his care without food for days.

Lin Chih-tsang (林吉蒼) had been taking care of stray dogs for years at his “Uncle Lin’s Canine Garden” (林伯狗園) in Renwu District (仁武).

The 70-year-old animal lover was found dead in the animal shelter compound on Friday last week. Authorities are investigating whether he died of natural causes, as he was known to have cardiovascular disease and arthritis, or because of other reasons.

After finding that there were less than 10 bags of dog food left, the Animal Rescue Team Taiwan set up an online platform on its Taiwan Dogs and Cats United Donation Networks to raise funds to feed the dogs.

The group said that more than 30,000 people responded within days, and the first batch of dog food — totaling 720kg — was delivered to the compound yesterday noon.

A friend said Lin began to save and take care of stray animals about 30 years ago.

Lin used up his savings to build a compound to shelter and care for the dogs, with the number of his wards increasing to more than 200 after he took over more strays from a Buddhist monk in Pingtung County.

It was a heavy financial burden and Lin was kept busy soliciting assistance to meet the demand for food at the shelter, said the friend, who declined to be named.

The city’s Agriculture Bureau has also sent 10 bags of dog food to the compound, bureau Director Tsai Fu-chin (蔡復進) said, adding that a plan is under way to transfer the dogs to an animal shelter in Daliao District (大寮).

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