The Bourke Shire Council killed the dogs to prevent volunteers from traveling to pick up the animals in accordance with their interpretation of COVID-19 restrictions under Sydney Morning Herald.
The local authority is investigating the dogs’ executions and said it is evaluating to see if any laws have been broken about animal cruelty.
“OLG has been informed that the Council decided to take this action to protect its employees and communities, including vulnerable Aboriginal peoples, from the risk of COVID-19 transmission,” a government spokesman said.
COVID-19 has been relatively dormant in Cobar, the town where the pound lives, according to NSW Health.
“We are deeply concerned and utterly shaken by this brutal dog shooting, and we completely reject the Council’s unacceptable justification that this killing was apparently carried out as part of a COVID – safe plan,” said animal release campaigner Lisa Ryan.
The local agency’s office has previously issued advice on all advice on how to operate pounds safely and efficiently during the pandemic.
The Australian population is largely vulnerable to COVID-19 due to its low vaccination rate. Australia benefited from introducing lockdowns early in the pandemic, and state governments have continued to use shortcuts to curb occasional outbreaks of the virus.
The country registered nearly 4,000 COVID-19 cases in July, though driven by the more infectious delta variant. In the six months before, the cases were only 2,000, according to data from the Australian Ministry of Health.
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