Soviet Soldiers Tried To Kill The Dogs
When the evacuation of Chernobyl first began in May of 1986 and many dogs were left behind, the Soviet government had a simple solution for dealing with them: send out soldiers to shoot and kill them. Sadly, hundreds of dogs were killed in this manner.
Of course, the soldiers did not kill all the dogs. However, the encroaching wildlife forced them to remain within the urban area that was abandoned in order to survive. Some tried to go back to their owners’ homes, but there was no one there. They especially crowded around the nuclear plant and were cared for by some of the workers.