Dozens of dogs were found dead Sunday morning in the northern Lebanon town of Mina after being poisoned by as-yet unidentified assailants.
The dogs were believed to have been under the care of a local octogenarian man named Mahmoud Youssef who takes care of stray dogs, before they were found dead on his property.
A Facebook page devoted to reporting news in the community related to Youssef, “Ammo Mahmoud,” said in a post that the incident occurred late at night and that the perpetrators “were known.”
"Over 40 dogs are now dead and the rest are fighting for their lives," the post read.
Mina's Mayor Abdel-Qader Alameddine told The Daily Star that the municipality condemned the “inhumane” act and that it was going to follow up the matter.
"We denounce this and we ask authorities to reveal who was behind the incident," Alameddine said. "We call upon the authorities to open an investigation and pursue those who did it because at night, [the municipality] doesn't have its own patrols to tour around Mina, but the security forces do and they should know who [was behind this]."
The mayor also strongly rejected accusations that the municipality might be responsible for poisoning the dogs.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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