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Meryl is a true beauty. An affectionate, gem of a dog whose gentle nature gives no hint of her rather gruesome past. Eight years old, Meryl spent all but the past eight months of her life confined to the basement of a veterinarian’s office, where she was used for blood transfusions that are needed for operations.

Thanks to the actions of American Kerry Anne O’Connor, however, Meryl found her freedom. O’Connor, a longtime resident of Japan, works with vets and dog owners to provide a more compassionate alternative to the sadly common practice of “transfusion animals.”

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