"The prefectural government says it will post information to identify pets on its website. Officials also said it will not kill the animals but try to find new owners if their original owners fail to show up during a certain period of time. Yesterday, the vets removed five dogs and one cat, all of whom had nearly non-existent radiation exposure levels. Let’s hope the efforts can ramp up significantly to pull many more pets from the 20km zone.
Sadly, Fukushima officials have been culling farm animals who are said to be near death since last Thursday."
They have their work cut out for them in a very short period of time, as the article further points out:
"Fukushima officials started on Thursday to cull animals within the 20-km danger zone for public health reasons. The operations focused on the Minamisoma’s Odaka district, home to 887 cows, 80 horses, 6,200 pigs and 260,000 chickens as of October 2010.Most Fukushima related news is slowing to a trickle. The national media seems to have fallen asleep over the issue and perhaps for good reason; the situation may well be improving there.
The district was damaged badly by the tsunami triggered by the magnitude 9 earthquake on March 11. Officials said they will kill only the animals near death, but will still try to get the owners’ permission, if possible."