More than 300 dogs found dead at a Ukrainian animal shelter for weeks without food and water because of the war, the charity says

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Like New reports of atrocities arise in Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of genocideDisturbing footage has surfaced on social media that appears to show dead dogs at an animal shelter in Borodyanka, Ukraine.

According to charity UAnimals, the shelter’s 485 dogs remained locked in their cages from the start of the war in late February to early April after Russian soldiers left Borodyanka and charity volunteers were able to return to the shelter. During that time, the dogs were left without food or water, the charity said. When volunteers finally gained access to the building on April 1, all but 150 of the 485 animals had died of starvation or thirst.

Oleksandra Matviichuk, head of the Civil Liberties Center, tweeted a video showing the bodies of numerous dogs on the ground. The female volunteer filming the video tearfully narrates the scene.

Ukraine’s Interior Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko posted a separate video from the Borodyanka animal shelter to Telegram, showing dogs barking at volunteers while walking around the bloodied carcass of a deceased dog.

According to UAnimals, volunteers have now fed the surviving dogs and taken 27 of the animals to private clinics for treatment in the worst condition. And while volunteers have so far only been able to take in what UAnimals calls the heaviest surviving dogs, the charity is offering 50,000 hryvnia — about $1,700 — as a reward for anyone willing and able to take the others.

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