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**Pets are being stolen and inhumanely killed by Animal Control workers in my home country

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A dog was stolen and locked in the trunk of a car that belonged to the worker of Animal Control Center (ACC) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The young Husky died from suffocation and heat stroke before the police were able to force the car owner to open the trunk.

Volunteers came to The Animal Control Center the morning of May 23rd to help save a few dogs, and saw a car parked outside the entrance. They heard weak crying and breathing coming out of the trunk. The workers of the ACC told the volunteers that the car didn’t belong to them. The volunteers called the police, and contrary to what they had been told, the car did belong to an employee, to man named Ilya Kamazaev, who was a driver for the ACC. By the time police were able to open the trunk, the dog was dead.

Ilya told the police that the dog belonged to him, and he decided to get rid of the dog by locking her in the trunk and leaving her to die. He assured the police that he has all documents to prove she was his dog, and that he couldn’t leave the dog at the ACC where he worked because it was closed and wasn’t accepting dogs that day.

Well, Ilya was lying, and the actual owner of the Husky was found the same day of this cruel incident. 19 year old Asem recognized her dog from the pictures that had been posted on Instagram, she was so shocked that she couldn’t stop crying all night. She submitted the report to the police right away, and at the moment Ilya is believed to have lost his job at the ACC along with another worker who was involved in the incident.

The purebred dogs are believed to be stolen from the backyards by the workers of ACC and later sold. Asem's dog Umka disappeared from her backyard almost a month ago, and Asem was looking for her dog all the while through social media and dog related websites.

Volunteers and animals support groups of Almaty are continuously fighting to change the laws about treatment of homeless pets. The ACC, which is sponsored by the government, uses inhumane ways of catching these dogs, one of which is the use of fish line that breaks through the skin and sometimes breaks the necks of the dogs. The dogs are kept 3 days or even less in small cages without any air conditioning, water or food, and usually killed using Lysthenon without anesthesia. It means that the dogs die while slowly suffering, however it's one of the cheapest methods available.

Please help us to spread the message about the inhumane treatment of pets in Kazakhstan. We want to ensure that all workers who are responsible for animal abuse are punished by law and are removed from their positions at Animal Control Center. Volunteers should be allowed to work at the Center to establish the quality of animals lives. In addition, our government should open a city shelter and assists in reuniting dogs with their owners and hosting adoption events. These loyal animals deserve to have safe and happy lives but they need your help!



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