A couple who ran a shelter in Bystry near Giżycko (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship) heard accusations of abusing animals. More than 140 dogs were kept there in conditions – as the prosecutor’s office describes it – “not meeting any standards”. The prosecutor applied police supervision to the suspects. They are also prohibited from running a shelter and keeping pets – also privately.
Krzysztof Stodolny, the press spokesman of the District Prosecutor’s Office in Olsztyn, informed about the charges. Anna and Jan K. are suspected that, jointly and in agreement, from November 2016 to November 8 this year, they abused dogs staying in an animal shelter in Bystry. The shelter was formally registered with Anna K., but it was practically managed by her husband Jan K. As prosecutor Stodolny explained, this harassment consisted of, among other things, the lack of appropriate medical and veterinary care for dogs and the lack of health prophylaxis applied to animals. In the opinion of the prosecutor’s office, the dogs did not have adequate living conditions, they were kept “in a state of gross neglect and sloppiness”. These conditions were to affect the psychophysical condition of the animals.
– The married couple did not plead guilty – said the prosecutor Stodolny.
He added that the prosecutor had imposed police supervision on both spouses. He also forbade them to leave the country and forbade them to run an animal shelter in Bystry. Suspects are also not allowed to possess any animals (this also applies to private animals from K.’s marriage).
“What we saw there will stay with us for a long time”
The prosecutor together with the police and activists of pro-animal organizations carried out an inspection of the animal shelter in Bystry on Tuesday, where 142 dogs were kept. These were animals sent to the shelter, inter alia, by the city of Giżycko and several communes from Masuria and Podlasie. The prosecution reported that the animals were kept there “in extremely harsh conditions that did not meet any of the standards necessary to maintain animal welfare.”
– What we saw there will stay with us for a long time. In the so-called “hospital” section, where there were a dozen or so animals after various procedures, we found a dog after eye surgery, which had no sockets secured in any way. The wound was still oozing. The dog was scratching her with uncut claws – said Katarzyna Śliwa-Łobacz, president of the Mondo CANE Foundation for Animal Rights Protection, in an interview with tvn24.pl.
Prosecutor Stodolny informed on Tuesday that the actions of the prosecutor’s office in the shelter in Bystry are related to “the investigation initiated on October 14, 2021 into the abuse of animals in this shelter and the failure to fulfill obligations by the Warmia and Mazury Voivodship Veterinary Doctor through unreliable control “. All dogs staying in the shelter in Bystry were taken to other shelters and shelters by animal aid organizations.
Osada Bystry is located next to Lake Niegocin, near Giżycko
Main photo source: OTOZ Animals, Mondo CANE Foundation