A rural council in Australia has outraged animal activists and is being investigated by the government for allegedly shooting a number of shelter dogs due to their interpretation of new COVID-19 restrictions.
Bourke Shire Council reportedly killed the dogs to prevent volunteers at an animal shelter from traveling to pick the dogs up, all under the guise of protecting them from the coronavirus, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. Bourke Shire is located in a rural area of New South Wales.
“OLG has been informed that the council decided to take this course of action to protect its employees and community, including vulnerable Aboriginal populations, from the risk of COVID-19 transmission,” a spokesman from the government watchdog group reported.
The Office of Local Government is looking into the horrific incident to ascertain if companion animal and cruelty prevention laws have been broken.
One of the dogs that were killed had reportedly just had a litter of pups. A source claims that the shelter volunteers were extremely upset over the action taken against the dogs and that they had COVID-safe measures already in place to handle the dogs.
What makes this even worse is there was no apparent valid reason for the panic or the draconian measures. There have been no recent COVID cases in Cobar where this took place.
Animal Liberation campaign manager Lisa Ryan is demanding an investigation into the grisly matter.
“We are deeply distressed and completely appalled by this callous dog shooting and we totally reject council’s unacceptable justifications that this killing was apparently undertaken as part of a COVID- safe plan,” Ryan declared.
So far, no action has been taken against the council over the euthanizing of the dogs. Australians are demanding answers.
“While the Liberal-National government twiddles its thumbs on animal welfare issues, more animals are being killed,” Greens animal welfare spokeswoman Abigail Boyd asserted. “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.”
The Office of Local Government claims that it has issued advice to all councils concerning the operation of pounds during the pandemic, including changing procedures to ensure the continuation of services while keeping staff and volunteers safe.
“Councils are also encouraged to continue to work with re-homing organizations and volunteers to care for animals, where that can be undertaken consistent with NSW Health advice,” a spokesman stated.
On July 30, the agency said pounds and shelters could remain open to the public and designated their staff as authorized workers in locked-down areas.
“Accordingly, prospective new owners should still be encouraged to ‘adopt not shop,’ consistent with NSW Health advice,” the OLG commented.
Many are describing the insane actions of the council as simply evil and totally unnecessary. Between forced vaccination, deploying hundreds of Australian Defence Force soldiers to ensure compliance, and reported beatings in the street over Australians protesting COVID restrictions, some critics say Australia has gone “full Nazi.”
NSW Police: A 29-year-old man has been sentence to eight months in prison for his involvement in organising “unauthorised protests” against government lockdowns in Australia.
— Caldron Pool (@CaldronPool) August 20, 2021
Killing innocent dogs out of deranged pandemic fear is way over the line and cops and politicians in Australia have been abusing their own citizens for 18 months:
Australia is murdering dogs to stop the spread of COVID-19.
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) August 22, 2021
The regime in Australia 🇦🇺 is murdering dogs now as their fascist crackdown and sociopathy continues unabated. Time for 🇺🇸 to send in troops.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 22, 2021
— Tristan Flynn (@TristanCPDT) August 22, 2021
In Australia the state is KILLING reacue dogs to prevent volunteers spreading covid.
They shoot unarmed protesters with rubber bullets.
They tear gas young children.
They fine mothers $1000 for talking.
How is this country real?
— PeterSweden (@PeterSweden7) August 22, 2021
They lied about a virus to win an election. Allowed riots and violence. Shredded the constitution. Closed parks, beaches, churches. Muzzled you. Kids were committing suicide over lockdowns and they are now killing dogs in Australia over coronavirus restrictions? Its evil we face.
— 🇺🇸 Matthew Holliday 🇺🇸 (@Matthew_4_Trump) August 23, 2021
Australia OUT OF CONTROL🇦🇺
They had a bunch of rescue dogs and volunteers were coming to pick them up.
Guess what happened?
The state KILLED the dogs to prevent the volunteers from leaving their homes to pickup the dogs because they could spread covid.
— PeterSweden (@PeterSweden7) August 22, 2021
— Chris H Bhinder (@BhinderChris_H) August 22, 2021
Dogs from rescue homes in the UK brought sanity into so many lives during the pandemic! Australia 🤯😢
— Lucy (@LucyDx86) August 22, 2021
Damn them !!! Leave the Dogs alone .. AUSTRALIA REACHES A FURTHER LOW !!!!
— Mooningsong (@BlakewayJoanne) August 22, 2021
Australia is one step away from going full Mad Max. pic.twitter.com/7CKGlwk5di
— Law Dog (@LawDogStrikes) August 22, 2021
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