In this Thursday Sept. 20, 2012 photo Vera Lesovets holds a picture of her dead dog, five-year-old Yasha, who was killed in a mass poisoning of dogs in a Moscow park. Yasha's life was cut short last ... more 
In this Thursday Sept. 20, 2012 photo Vera Lesovets holds a picture of her dead dog, five-year-old Yasha, who was killed in a mass poisoning of dogs in a Moscow park. Yasha's life was cut short last week: after snacking on something in a nearby park, she fell into a seizure at Lesovets's apartment and began foaming at the mouth. The family rushed her to a nearby veterinary clinic, where the veterinarian said this was the sixth case he had seen that week, and there was nothing he could do. On Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, police opened a criminal probe into the suspected poisoning of animals by dog killers, the latest such incident in Russia where cruelty to animals is common and animal protection laws are rarely enforced. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Sergey Ponomarev
Fri, Sep 21, 2012 10:16 AM EDT