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Rescue dogs awaiting imminent adoption have been shot to death by an Australian council, who blamed the barbaric bloodbath on Covid restrictions.
The pooches – including one who had just given birth – were slaughtered to stop volunteers travelling across the country to pick them up.
Bourke Shire Council told a local watchdog it was “to protect its employees and community from the risk of Covid transmission.”
But horrified animal activists have slammed the brutal executions as “unacceptable," reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
An Animal Liberation campaign manager, Lisa Ryan, raged: “We are deeply distressed and completely appalled by this callous dog shooting.
“We totally reject council's unacceptable justifications that this killing was apparently undertaken as part of a Covid- safe plan.”
Despite the claims the shootings were to stop infections spreading, there are no local coronavirus cases in Cobar, the town in central western New South Wales where the killings commenced.
Reports claim the shelter volunteers are extremely distressed and had put safety measures in place with the pandemic in mind.
Despite multiple attempts from local media to contact the council administration, they have not issued a statement.
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Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock has been slammed as “clearly oblivious to the reality of the serious issues” by Ms Ryan.
Whilst an animal welfare spokeswoman, Abigail Boyd, claimed the government had taken no action since the issues had been raised at a hearing.
"While the Liberal-National government twiddles its thumbs on animal welfare issues, more animals are being killed," she said.
"Council pounds are paid for by local communities, and it is clear that shooting lost and unclaimed dogs housed in these publicly-funded facilities falls far short of community expectations."
Ms Hancock refused to comment but claimed in March that she didn’t know about councils shooting animals to euthanise them.
"If it was a practice, I would be concerned about it – if it was a cat or a dog," she said at the time.
An official government probe into the shootings is expected.
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