Stray dogs are put inside the vehicle of Tehran’s urban animal control.
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On a cold winter morning in the Iranian capital recently, a homeless dog lay basking in the sun's rays for warmth.The Aradkouh Stray Dogs Shelter has been hired by the Tehran city government to take a new, more humane approach to deal with the burgeoning problem of stray dogs in the capital. It's a sign of changing attitudes among officials in a country where Islamic authorities have long seen dogs as "un-Islamic" and at times still confiscate them from people who have dogs as pets and walk them in public or drive with them in their cars.Shelter workers vaccinate the dogs and sterilize them to control the stray population.All the dogs are available for adoption.In Islam, dogs are seen as unclean. However, police dogs, shepherd dogs and rescue dogs are common, and there have been no reports of clerical backlash against the shelter's operations.The dogs are then given to animal supporters who adopt them or are released into the wild.
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