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Venezuelans struggle to feed their dogs

In the South American countries, parents are having trouble feeding their families, let alone their pets. A bag of dog food can cost up to double the minimum wage. Reuters captured some of the animals living in an animal shelter in Caracas.
8 Sep 2016 – 04:19 PM EDT
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(L-R) Maria Silva, Milena Cortes, Maria Arteaga, Jackeline Bastidas and Gissy Abello pose for a picture at the Famproa dogs shelter where they work, in Los Teques, Venezuela, August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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La China is pictured at the Famproa dogs shelter in Los Teques, Venezuela August 16, 2016 REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Bolibomba was rescued two years ago. The price of dog food has increased exponentially in recent years. A 20-kilo bag of dog food can cost 55,000 bolívares, about $55, which is about twice the minimum wage. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Pastora is pictured at the Famproa dogs shelter in Los Teques, Venezuela on August 18, 2016. Pastora (Shepherd) was given that name because she looks like a German shepherd. "She is very calm and never fights with anyone, but she is afraid of people. When someone approaches her, she immediately reacts as if they were going to beat her," said Silva, who cares for the shelter's dogs. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Sonrisa (Smile) is pictured at the Famproa dog shelter in Los Teques, Venezuela on August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Ojitos (Eyes) named for his blue eyes, has been at the shelter for two years, with no luck getting adopted. Shelter staff say the number of dogs they've received has increased; they get a new dog every few hours. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Alvaro is pictured at the Famproa dogs shelter in Los Teques, Venezuela on August 18, 2016. "He was brought to the shelter by a neighbor called Alvaro after he saw a car run him over. He was in a very bad condition and almost died, but instead of putting him down, it was decided to give him a few days and wait to see if he could recover," said Maria Silva, who cares for dogs at the shelter. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Mia is pictured at the Famproa dogs shelter in Los Teques, Venezuela August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Mancha (Stain), who got her name from the large black patch on her face, was a dog with a not very friendly nature. She died a week after this photo was taken. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters
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Cachorrón (Big Puppy), got his name because, despite being an adult dog she still looks and acts as a puppy. He doesmn't like to leave his sleeping area. When the door is open he doesn't try and escape. When someone wanted to adopt him he refused to leave the refuge. Carlos Garcia Rawlins /Reuters
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