While in the photo above, released by KCNS, shows the dogs looking to be in good health, a review of the Central Zoo by travel guide Lonely Planet offers a glimpse at the bleaker life that might await them.
"[Central Zoo] has a large array of animals, most of whom look pretty forlorn. Worst off are the big cats, nearly all gifts of long-dead communist big wigs around the world -- the wonderful lions, tigers and leopards are kept in woefully inadequate compounds, and many have lost the plot as a result."
A promotional video for Central Zoo found on YouTube shows a variety of "traditional" zoo animals, like elephants, rhinos, chimps and bears, housed in barren concrete enclosures. Near the end of the clip, two dogs can be seen performing tricks -- one jumping rope alongside a monkey, and the other walking on its hind legs.