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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Animal Lovers Protest Cruelty

A dozen protesters and a mutt named Tima turned out Wednesday on Pushkin Square to protest cruelty against animals.

Tima's owner, Valentina Yefremova, 61, said she came out onto the street to demand the city stop its practice of rounding up and killing stray dogs.

"Cruel treatment of stray animals is a shame for our country," she said.

A sign on Tima's neck said, "People, we love you, don't kill us."

Among the protesters were members of the Russian Party for the Protection of Animals and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

They held signs that said "No concentration camps for dogs," and "Stop financing dog killers and give this money to animal shelters."

Yefremova said there are only two official shelters in the capital, adding that she found hew homes for 30 animals last year. Besides Tima, three other dogs live in her tiny apartment in eastern Moscow.