x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Stray dogs found strangled on Al Ain street

The five dead dogs, which included one female, were discovered on the triangle divider at an intersection on a main road in Zakher, Al Ain.

Five stray dogs were found strangled on a street in Al Ain on Sunday morning.

The dead dogs, which included one female, were discovered on the triangle divider at an intersection on a main road in Zakher, Al Ain.

Charny Naude, of the Animal Welfare Al Ain organisation, said they had been laid out in a neat line with ropes around their necks and a knife on the ground next to them.

Mrs Naude said there was blood coming from their mouths and ears, and their eyes had "popped out".

The female dog showed signs of either being pregnant or having recently given birth, according to the South African expatriate, who said the killings were "inhumane".

"You have to be insane to do something like that," she said.

Margit Muller, the director of the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, said the incident was "one of the most horrible killings" she has encountered.

Ms Muller said she worried that the crimes could be repeated if the offenders were not brought to justice.

"People doing such detestable crimes have lost all their social empathy," she said. "This case of animal cruelty should definitely be followed according to the law."

She said proper justice would prevent future animal abuse and would show a "commitment towards animal welfare".

"I strongly believe that education and awareness about animal welfare is the key to avoid such incidents," she said.

According to Mrs Naude, there is still one dog alive from the pack, which the municipality is trying to catch.

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