By Sally Underwood • 12 February 2021 • 12:04
Dogs Checked: Officials will check stray dogs in the Russian city of Dzerzhinsk. Image: Wikimedia
The dogs were spotted by local residents who say the animals’ fur has been turned blue by “chemical waste” from a Soviet-era factory in Dzerzhinsk, east of Moscow in Russia.
Local authorities are reportedly visiting the site to check on the animals after concerned locals photographed the animals.
Residents are claiming the animals have been turned blue by chemicals from the hydrocyanic acid factory, which closed six years ago due to financial problems.
However, the plant’s bankruptcy manager, Andrey Mislivets, denied the authenticity of the images.
The officials said the stray animals could have found some copper sulphate while walking around buildings in the area.
He said: “Possibly they found the remains of some old chemicals and rolled in it, and possibly it was copper sulphate.”
“Several years ago something similar happened when stray dogs got unnatural ‘dyes’.
“They must have found something. No one controls them.’
Mislivets added that no one controlled the dogs and said it was not possible for the company to capture and sterilise them.
Officials in Dzerzhinsk are now reportedly seeking permission to go onto private land to catch and check the dogs.
A government spokesman said: “Talks are being held with the chiefs of the enterprise about the possibility of catching the dogs.
“They must be checked, their health must be assessed, and the reason for their hair dye must be found.”
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