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The Russian troops finally retreated, and the staff was able to return to the compound on April 1st. The animal shelter posted heartbreaking footage of workers piling up the deceased canines, who were incredibly frail. Photos showed some corpses that were only half there, and they speculate that the dogs were forced to eat their dead friends while they were left without food for over a month.
150 of the 485 dogs were luckily alive and 27 of them were transferred to vets for emergency care. UAnimals announced monetary compensation for anyone willing to rescue the dogs who are still alive.
The shelter has also demanded that the deaths be investigated as animal cruelty cases. The head of the Kyiv veterinary hospital was responsible for arranging care for the animals but fell incredibly short. The hospital said that they were unable to arrange evacuations due to the war zones.
To Donate to UAnimals, click here. Also, check out 10 ways you can help people and animals in Ukraine and sign this petition to Support Ukraine.
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