This week, a heartbreaking story comes from a viral video. It is about Chernobyl’s radioactive dogs.
When it happened
In 1986, a massive explosion occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine. Pets were left behind by several people, forced to leave the city. Because they thought they’d be able to come back in a couple of days. Soldiers, on the other hand, were sent to kill the abandoned animals.
Nonetheless, some of them made it out alive. Hundreds of dogs roaming the Chernobyl region today are thought to be their descendants. Drew Scanlon recently uploaded a short documentary about the Puppies of Chernobyl to YouTube.
It shows Chernobyl’s exclusion zone, which has a group of cute puppies and dogs. The nuclear power plant covers a 1,000-square-mile area with strict entry regulations. Workers at the factory, visitors, and a select few individuals have access to enter.
However, only under the watchful eye of the authorities. Over the years, several hundred people, mainly elderly and former residents, returned to their villages. Although it is against government orders.
Officials had to restrain Scanlon from touching any of the dogs, according to the video. It’s because they think the radioactive particle in their fur might be harmful to him. It is sad seeing the puppies approaching him for some attention.
Nonetheless, several organizations, such as the Clean Futures Fund, expresses willingness to help the Chernobyl puppies. It is a non-profit group dedicated to assisting communities affected by industrial disasters. They’re leading a five-year program to spay and neuter the animals in the area.
They also want to help with animal welfare by establishing food and drink stations and a veterinary clinic. The drive for the fund is underway. This involves working with Ukrainian veterinarians as well as organizations from Ukraine, the USA, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
The group’s only hope is that their efforts will improve the dogs’ health and the welfare of the people who live nearby.
You can watch the full video here.
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