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July 17, 2010

Dog groups prep for dumped Danes


Groups that care for Great Danes are preparing for a surge of rejected dogs, expecting the Hollywood movie Marmaduke will spur adoptions - then abandonments - of cute puppies which can grow to 77 kilograms and eat 10 cups of food a day.

The film, about an adorable yet clumsy pooch, debuted in US theatres last month but stumbled at box offices.

Still, it is prompting some demand for the breed, and dog groups are cautioning people that few families realize the resources needed to care for the big animals and can become overwhelmed.

"We're all holding our breath," said Sandy Suarez, director and founder of Michigan-based Great Dane Rescue Inc. "We're planning on seeing a problem in about eight to nine months when the dog starts to get really big." MORE>>

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