MIYAKO, Japan -- The dog had been left tied up in a yard in Fukushima, the largely emptied city synonymous with the words "nuclear disaster."
Despite the threat of radiation leaking from the nuclear plant 40 miles away, Toby Weymiller, a teacher who got the distress call from the shelter Animal Friends Niigata, drove to the city and rescued the dog and a stranded cat.
"The dog was really freaked out," said Weymiller, who downplayed any danger to his own health. "But he's in the shelter and happy now."
Several weeks after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, a loose network of pet groups is working to provide many of the services for stranded and stressed animals that emergency services have been providing for people, including food, medicine and shelter.