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March 10, 2010

HSI Assists Animals Affected by Chile Earthquake

CHILE — Humane Society International is supporting a response team of the RIMA Foundation, one of its Chilean partner groups, to assess animal needs in the wake of the Feb. 27 earthquake. The team is giving emergency food, water, and veterinary treatment to afflicted animals and has offered further support pending the assessment.

"We are glad to be working with our Chilean partner in helping the people of Chile and their pets as well as displaced animals affected by this tragedy," said Kelly O'Meara, director of companion animals and engagement for HSI.

The veterinary team, led by Dr. Sergio Muñoz Rodriguez of RIMA, is working in the city of Constitution and on Monday treated more than 70 animals. The team also distributed food gathered by the Animal Relief Chile (Socorro Animal Chile) campaign. The team's efforts will focus on areas receiving little attention, such as the Del Maule (VII) and Bio-Bio (VIII) regions of Chile.

During the last decade, HSI teams have responded to disasters in Haiti, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Mexico, among other nations.

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