In the past few days, several dogs with blue fur have been photographed walking the streets of Russia. According to an animal protection agency, they may be suffering from skin irritation and internal bleeding that results from exposure to toxic chemicals.
The animals were seen near a chemical plant abandoned in the Russian city of Dzerzhinsk, about 370 km from Moscow, reveals a report from the Newsweek.
Blue staining is believed to be the result of exposure to copper sulphate from the factory. The photos of the animals have now been released on social media as a form of alert.
Kelly O’Meara, vice president of Humane Society International, warned that the unusual coloring may point to a “myriad of concerns for animal welfare”, adding that “this situation with stray dogs living near an abandoned chemical factory in Dzerzhinsk showed a very obvious problem”.
The specialist highlights Newsweek that “the color on the fur indicates that the animals had direct contact or even ingestion of potentially toxic substances or harmful. This can result in painful burning in the skin, itching or internal bleeding, even leading to deadly diseases, if there is no quick veterinary intervention ”.
The organization does not have an office in Russia, so it stresses that it is difficult to take a stronger position on the matter.
A Humane Society International, which has 12 million members worldwide, called on the Russian authorities to implement sterilization and vaccination programs to protect the well-being of stray dogs in the future.
According to Reuters, some dogs are already being treated at a local vet and in a shelter in Nizhny Novogrod, a town about an hour from Dzerzhinsk. According to Futurism, the shelter has also found owners for two of the dogs.
This it is not the first time that stray dogs with blue fur are seen on the streets. In 2017, the same happened in Mumbai. At the time, an investigation found that the high pollution from the factories on the Kasadi River in the Navi district was causing the dogs to turn bluish.
Ana Isabel Moura, ZAP //