Stray dogs are turned bright BLUE ‘by pollution from chemical waste’ near Russian factory
- The pack of strays were spotted by residents in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region
- Bizarre images show the dogs with bright blue fur wandering on a road
- They were said to have been polluted by chemical waste from a disused plant
A pack of stray dogs that are believed to have been turned blue by pollution have been spotted near a disused factory in Russia.
The animals’ strange colouring is thought to have been caused by chemical waste near an abandoned Soviet-era plant in Dzerzhinsk.
Local authorities are heading to the area today to take the animals for a check-up after the pictures surfaced.
A flock of stray dogs that are believed to have turned blue by ‘pollution from chemical waste’ were spotted near a disused factory in Dzerzhinsk of Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region
The disturbing pictures of the dogs were taken by local residents near the Dzerzhinskoye Orgsteklo plant, a disused factory which closed due to financial problems six years ago
The disturbing pictures of the dogs were taken by local residents near the Dzerzhinskoye Orgsteklo plant, a disused factory which closed due to financial problems six years ago.
It was once a large chemical production facility making hydrocyanic acid and plexiglass.
The plant’s bankruptcy manager, Andrey Mislivets, denied the authenticity of the images, claiming they were a prank.
He said that the stray animals could have found some copper sulphate, a type of chemicals that can cause inflammation, while wandering around the abandoned buildings in the area.
‘Possibly they found the remains of some old chemicals and rolled in it, and possibly it was copper sulphate,’ the commissioner said.
The disused factory (pictured) in Russia was once a large chemical production facility
A pack of strays are turned blue after they are suspected to have been polluted by chemical waste near an disused plant (pictured) in Dzerzhinsk of Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region
‘Several years ago something similar happened when stray dogs got unnatural “dyes”.
‘They must have found something. No one controls them.’
He added that no one controlled the dogs, and it was not possible for the company to ensure the capture and sterilisation of animals.
The authorities in Dzerzhinsk city were reportedly seeking permission to go onto private land on Thursday.
They are planning to catch and check the polluted dogs at the Soviet-era facility.
‘Talks are being held with the chiefs of the enterprise about the possibility of catching the dogs,’ said a government spokesman.
‘They must be checked, their health must be assessed, and the reason for their hair dye must be found.’
The animals are believed to have been coloured by copper sulphate, which can cause a burning or stinging sensation, leading to itching or inflammation.