In 1986, tragedy struck the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine when the Unit 4 reactor failed, spewing nuclear waste and radiation throughout the nearby city of Pripyat. The Soviet Union evacuated 120,000 people and established what is now known as the Exclusion Zone, covering 1,000 square miles.…
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When strangers first meet Apollo, a mostly-black mutt from Iraq, he wraps his left front leg around theirs, and stares up with sad amber eyes.
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In the exclusion zone there are almost 1,000 stray dogs, 250 of them in the nuclear power plant itself. Volunteers are recovering them and promoting adoption campaigns
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As dusk falls on Chernobyl packs of dogs run wild, turning their snouts up at the sky to howl at the moon. During the day, the dogs sunbathe on the roads of nearby Ukrainian villages that are so choked with plants that the asphalt is no longer recognizable.
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