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Excessively wrinkled dog Sesame, a two-year-old Chinese shar-pei, required surgery to help him see and hear better. Photo / AP
Excessively wrinkled dog Sesame, a two-year-old Chinese shar-pei, required surgery to help him see and hear better. Photo / AP

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