Leader of Forza Italia party Silvio Berlusconi (C) arrives at Ciampino Airport in Rome, March 25, 2014.
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ROME: Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has unveiled a scheme to boost his flagging popularity: finding homes for hundreds of thousands of stray dogs and cats to win the hearts of animal lovers, media reports said Sunday.An Ixe poll carried out for Rai 3 television on Saturday showed Forza Italia slip into third place behind the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and the anti-establishment Five Star movement.Berlusconi could come and do some dog sitting for us," it told La Stampa daily, renewing an offer to have the 77-year-old serve out his community service with the association.It is not the first time the former prime minister has resorted to dogs to boost his image.
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