Hundreds of dogs left to die in abandoned shelter in Ukraine after Putin unleashes attack

OVER 300 dogs died a tragic death after staying for days without food or water, trapped in the line of fire of Russia's war against Ukraine.

Ukraine: Charity shares shocking condition of dog shelter

Sign up for our news briefing, including a daily special Russia-Ukraine edition Invalid email

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

The poor animals were left locked in the cages of an animal shelter in Borodyanka, Ukraine. On Friday, April 1st, after Borodyanka was liberated from the Russian occupiers, volunteers were able to get to the shelter, where they witnessed the devastating scene.

No, it’s not just to make themselves look adorable. Dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep due to an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and protect their abdomen and vital organs from predators.

Of the 485 dogs living in the shelter, only 150 survived, the animal rights organisation UAnimals reported.

Another 27 animals were found in terrible condition, some barely able to walk or even move their heads.

These dogs were transferred to clinics to receive treatment.

Several dogs did not reach the clinics and died on the way, in the hands of volunteers, UAnimals said.

Click here to donate to UAnimals and here for Networkfor Animals

Bodies of dead dogs

Hundreds of dogs starved to death in the Borodyanka shelter (Image: Network for Animals)Shocking footage from the shelter was shared on social media by UAnimals and Network for Animals, an international animal welfare organization.

Make a Re-Stuffable Dog Toy. Does your dog go bonkers with stuffed toys? If your dog likes to rip stuffed animals apart you can make a re-stuffable dog toy.

Dozens of lifeless bodies of dogs are seen carried in wheelbarrows.

The rescuers had to bury hundreds of bodies in makeshift graves.

It is estimated that the animals had been left without water or food for more than a month.

UAnimals thanked all the volunteers who participated in the rescue.

READ MORE: Heartbreaking image of dog lying by its owner’s body in Ukraine

A starving dog drinking water

Some 150 animals miraculously survived in the shelter (Image: Network for Animals)

However, they named and strongly criticised the owners of the shelter for abandoning the animals locked in the cages.

The organisation appealed to the Kyiv City State Administration to investigate the incident as an animal cruelty crime.

basic puppy socialization

They are calling for those responsible for the crime to be brought to justice.

With a post on social media, the organisation called for help in the collection of information as they are filing complaints with the local authorities.

UAnimals said: “The shelter suffered from the war, but the animals did not die from shelling and bombing.

DON'T MISS: Watch kangaroos rescued by a volunteer from a shelled Ukrainian zoo


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

And they continue: “Natalia Mazur, director of the Kyiv City Veterinary Hospital, which owns the shelter, left the dogs at random in early March.

Help Them Adapt to New Environments. “The only thing that likes change is a four-week-old baby in a wet diaper.” Though puppies and kittens are easygoing, mature pets often need guidance transitioning into new spaces. Dr. Becker advises introducing them slowly. “Don’t just dump them in a new house and hope for the best.” Pheromone sprays are handy for making strange houses more inviting. “Cats,” notes Dr. Becker, exist as both predator and prey, and in predator mode, they need vertical surfaces like climbing towers to feel safe.”

“The man who was supposed to take care of every four-legged animal in the shelter left them to die in agony, cynically spreading false rumors, as if he wasn’t involved in saving animals.

“We - UAnimals, can not ignore this.

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

The organisations are making urgent appeals for donations to continue their work.

Click here to donate to UAnimals and here for Network for Animals

Related articles

  • Ukraine LIVE: Russian soldiers trying to QUIT in humiliating blow
  • Mariupol surrender video dismissed as Russian propaganda
  • The deadly weapons UK could send to Ukraine to end Putin's invasion

Make your own hammock-style car seat cover. The hammock style keeps the dog from getting hurt if he or she falls during any sudden stops or starts. Get the pattern here.