More than 1,700 sterilized and vaccinated dogs in an animal shelter managed by volunteers and philanthropists in Iran were shot dead by the agents of the Islamic Republic and then buried, sources on the ground told The Foreign Desk.
Regime officials allegedly used war bullets to kill the dogs and then washed away the traces of blood with fire trucks, sources said.
Animal rights activists say the roads leading to the shelter were closed during the dog massacre to prevent them from entering the area.
The Majlis, or Parliament of the Islamic Republic has passed a law that it is forbidden to walk dogs in the street or have them as pets, and anyone who violates this law is considered a criminal. The government is now trying to pass stricter law for keeping dogs.