Found over 300 dead dogs: The pictures are shocking

The war is raging in Ukraine, which also affects the animals that are in the country.

The Ukrainian animal protection organization UAanimals informs that hundreds of dead dogs have been found in an animal shelter in the Kyiv region, north-east of the country.

We warn about strong images.

– A few days ago we were shocked by the terrible news. More than 300 dogs were killed in the animal shelter in Borodyanka. They all died of hunger and thirst, writes UAnimals in a post on their Facebook page on Tuesday.

Olga Chevganiuk in UAnimals confirms this to TV 2.

LOCKED: The dogs must have been left locked up – without food and water. Photo: Tailed Banda

Found by volunteers

UAnimals is a voluntary group for animal rights, and has helped animals during the Ukraine war. They have shelters for animals, and help find new homes for vulnerable animals.

It was volunteers who first came across the dead dogs in Borodyanka. Some of the dogs were still alive and are still in critical health, according to UAanimals.

The volunteers could not get to the dogs until the Russian forces had left the city in early April. The dogs must have been alone without food and water since the beginning of March.

CRITICAL: Many of the surviving dogs were found in a critical condition, according to UAnimals.  Photo: Tailed Banda

CRITICAL: Many of the surviving dogs were found in a critical condition, according to UAnimals. Photo: Tailed Banda

– Several dogs did not get to the clinic and died along the way. The refugees were injured in the war, but the animals were not killed by bombings. They died a terrible death without food and water, locked in the cells, the organization writes further.

Reported for animal cruelty

Chevganiuk of UAnimals says they are now collaborating with another animal welfare organization.

– We will send the surviving dogs out of the country and to a safe place, she says.

The animal protection organization warns that the conditions must be reported to the police.

ABANDONED: The animal welfare organization warns of consequences.  Photo: Tailed Banda

ABANDONED: The animal welfare organization warns of consequences. Photo: Tailed Banda

According to UAnimals, the animal shelter Kyiv City belongs to the veterinary hospital.

– UAnimals can not omit this. Everyone who is guilty should be punished. We have written to the police, and demand that the crime be investigated as animal cruelty, they write.

REPORTED: Those responsible are reported to the police for animal cruelty.  Photo: Tailed Banda

REPORTED: Those responsible are reported to the police for animal cruelty. Photo: Tailed Banda

On Instagram, they write that 27 of the dogs have been transferred to private clinics for treatment, and that volunteers are helping to feed the remaining ones.

– Of a total of 485, only 150 survived, it says, among other things, under a video from the animal shelter.

In one of the videos you can see that piles of dead dogs are transported away in wheelbarrows.

– Some of the worst that can happen

Siri Martinsen is the leader of the animal protection organization NOAH. She thinks it is cruel to see how animals are also hit so hard by the war.

– Fortunately, many have brought their animals with them. If you have no other option, it is also better for animals to be released. Being trapped like this and dying helpless is one of the worst things that can happen to the animals, she tells TV 2.

TERRIBLE: Leader of NOAH, Siri Martinsen thinks it is terrible that dogs suffer during the war.  Photo: Bente Isefjær / NOAH

TERRIBLE: Leader of NOAH, Siri Martinsen thinks it is terrible that dogs suffer during the war. Photo: Bente Isefjær / NOAH

NOAH does not know the details of the tragedy yet. Martinsen is nevertheless impressed with his colleagues who, at the risk of their own lives, save animals in such situations.

She says UAnimals has been doing relief work since the start of the war.

– NOAH has collected over 700,000 kroner as of today, and UAnimals is among those we transfer help to. There is no doubt that help is needed, she says.

400 Ukrainian pets in Norway

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has previously informed TV 2 that they will accept pets from Ukraine, and they have made several exceptions to make it easier for Ukrainians who come with their animal.

To date, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority has registered just under 400 pets from Ukraine. This is stated by Ole-Herman Tronerud, subject director in the department of regulations and control.

– The Norwegian Food Safety Authority must check and register all animals that come. We do this to minimize the risk of spreading deadly diseases, such as rabies, to humans and animals in this country, says Tronerud and continues:

– We therefore ask that everyone who helps Ukrainian refugees to Norway and receives them warmly, ensures that the Norwegian Food Safety Authority is contacted if the refugees bring pets.

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Photo: Tailed Band

Some animals must be quarantined until the necessary test results are available and vaccines have been taken. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority does not want to separate the animals from the owners for longer than is absolutely necessary, and will in each individual case assess how quickly the animals can be reunited with their owners.

– When dogs and cats have both been vaccinated against rabies and have taken an antibody test that shows that the animal is protected, we will consider whether the animal can be transferred to home isolation, Tronerud says.

In central Eastern Norway, there is a lot of pressure on quarantine places, but the inspectors make a solid effort to be able to handle the situation, he explains.

– In all war situations, people, pets, domestic animals and wild animals are affected. It’s always sad, but it’s not a unique situation for Ukraine even though it’s getting a lot of attention now.

Creates resentment

The discovery of the dogs attracts attention on social media. On Sunday, Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, shared a video on Telegram of the dead dogs barking in the background.

Ukrainian human rights lawyer Oleksandra Matviichuk shared the same video on Twitter. The woman who films struggles to hold back her tears.

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