300 dogs found dead at animal shelter in Ukraine, animal rights group says

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Hundreds of dogs were recently found dead at an animal shelter in Borodyanka, Ukraine, according to Ukrainian animal rights organization UAnimals.

More than 300 dogs appeared to have died of starvation, after being left locked in their cages and other enclosures without food or water, according to a Facebook post from UAnimals.

“All those responsible for the destruction of more than 300 lost lives must be punished.”

“A few days ago we were shocked by the terrible news: more than 300 dogs died in the Borodyanka animal shelter,” read a translation of the Facebook post.

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“All died of hunger and thirst,” the message continues.

“The volunteers who managed to reach the quadrupeds after the village was liberated only saved a third of the inhabitants of the shelter, most of whom are now in critical condition for treatment.”

A dog walks past destroyed houses and Russian military vehicles during a recent battle in Bucha near kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022.
(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Volunteers took the surviving dogs to a clinic, although some died on the way, according to UAnimals.

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“The shelter has suffered from the war, but the animals have not died from shelling and shelling,” the translated Facebook post reads.

“They died a horrible death without food or water, locked in their cages.”

A woman carries a dog across the Irpin River on an improvised path under a damaged bridge as people flee the town of Irpin, Ukraine.

A woman carries a dog across the Irpin River on an improvised path under a damaged bridge as people flee the town of Irpin, Ukraine.
(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

UAnimals said the animals were abandoned in early March.

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“We UAnimals can’t ignore this,” the Facebook post said. “All those responsible for the destruction of more than 300 lost lives must be punished.”

UAnimals said it reported the incident to police and asked authorities “to investigate this crime as animal cruelty,” the Facebook post read.

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“We must bring to justice all those who remained silent and contributed to the tragedy at Borodyanka Asylum,” the message added.

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