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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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.
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.