Girl, 8, Watches As Animal Control Worker Shoots Her Dog And Drags It Away
A heartbreaking video clip has appeared online, showing the shocking moment that a Kazakhstani dog catcher shot, killed and dragged away an eight-year-old’s pet dog. Barsik, a one-year-old black spaniel, was struck by a poisoned dart in the town of Taraz, before dying in his owner Shynali Risbibi’s arms on the side of the road.
The footage of the incident, which was captured by a security camera attached to Shynali’s home, shows the dog desperately trying to return through the front gate, before collapsing on the pavement, the Daily Mail reports. As a confused Shynali strokes and consoles her companion, the man responsible can be seen checking and cleaning the air rifle that was just used to shoot the animal.
Eventually, as the dog’s legs give way and he sinks to the floor, the armed man in the background hastily approaches the pair, grabs Barsik by the neck and takes him away out of sight, leaving Shynali alone outside her house. Eventually, the visibly distressed dog owner opens her front door and disappears inside.
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Speaking to the media in the aftermath of the incident, Shynali’s mother expressed her outrage at what had taken place. As she put it:
“My daughter ran home in tears. She was shaking and barely could speak. After we realised what happened, my husband and I ran outside and found that man. After a huge quarrel, the worker opened his van and showed us Barsik.
He was lying in there, dead, among other canine corpses. Shynali cried the whole day. We did not dare to tell her what we saw in the van. Now we are looking for a black Spaniel to adopt.”
Understandably, the video caused consternation from fellow pet-owners when it appeared online. Local animal rights activist Irina Keller told local media:
'In spring this year an animal control worker killed a pet dog in front of its owner, a nine-year-old girl. The girl shielded the dog with her body and the worker pointed his rifle at her. She got scared and stepped aside. Then he killed her dog. The animal control workers kill everything that moves with poison darts and are paid by their unit for each corpse.”
When pressed for comment about the incident, Anuarbek Kaltaev, the head of Animal Control, stated:
“The incident occurred on October 10. The worker was reprimanded for carrying the air rifle in front of the child. The case is going to be investigated by the specialists of our unit. The worker will be fired if found guilty.”