Dog rescuer in running for award

PUBLISHED: 18:00 19 May 2011

Elizabeth Oliver

Elizabeth Oliver

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A WESTON woman who helped dogs in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami earlier this year has been shortlisted for an award.

Elizabeth Oliver is in the running for the Dog’s Best Friend award at the 2011 Dogs Trust Honours.

As the founder of ARK, a dog rescue charity based in Osaka she coordinated a massive operation to rescue hundreds of dogs that has been injured, separated or abandoned among the chaos.

She said: “I feel so honoured to be shortlisted for this award but I would like to pay tribute to members of our staff who braved the risk of radiation to rescue dogs and other animals from areas near the stricken nuclear plant.

“The tsunami that followed the earthquake did most of the damage and the threat of radiation from the stricken nuclear plant in Fukushima that made our rescue of animals so difficult.”

Elizabeth will find out an awards ceremony in London in June if she has won the accolade.

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