A rural local government in Australia’s New South Wales state has slaughtered 15 impounded dogs in a seemingly extreme attempt to protect workers from the coronavirus.
The Bourke Shire Council said it could no longer care for the dogs after two of them became aggressive and after the person who regularly found new homes for the animals became unavailable, a statement said. he gave to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Emma Hurst, an Animal Justice Party lawmaker, said the council killed the dogs instead of letting volunteers from an animal shelter in another town come and pick them up.
The Bourke Shire Council did not respond to requests for comment. But in his statement to the Herald, he said: “The city is currently in a precarious situation with Covid. Positive cases are increasing. The board is very careful with people entering Bourke.
Among the dogs killed were a mother and her puppies. “It seems like such a drastic step to take,” Ms. Hurst said.
All of New South Wales is stranded as an outbreak of the Delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread. Residents have been advised not to travel outside of their local government area “if you can avoid it”. However, animal welfare workers are classified as “authorized workers” which means they are exempt from the rules while doing their jobs.
The Office of Local Government, the state government body that oversees local councils, said it was investigating “the circumstances surrounding the incident” and whether the council’s actions were in accordance with the laws on the well- be animals.
Ms Hurst said she and her office had worked “desperately” to stop the Bourke Shire Council from culling the dogs after receiving an email from a concerned resident. But, she said, the council’s chief executive told them that “the dogs were being killed and that was the choice they were making because they had no staff on the job. land and no way to take care of the dogs. “