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Baranova Tetiana Ivanivna, Head of the State Archival Service of Ukraine: [email protected]

Khmelnytskyi Regional Prosecutor's Office: [email protected]

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PETITION TARGETS: Khmelnytskyi Regional Prosecutor’s Office

In a shocking case of animal abuse, a dog named Barsik was tied to a car and dragged along a road, leaving behind a mile-long trail of blood as his battered body scraped against the rough pavement.

Horrified motorists in Ukraine’s Khmelnytskyi region saw Barsik bleeding profusely and pulled over to help. The dog’s paws were skinned to the bone and he endured painful injuries to his stomach and neck. He was so traumatized, he shook for two days, according to the vet who treated him.

At the scene, witnesses encountered Volodymyr Baidych, a high-ranking regional government official. Baidych allegedly said that he was punishing Barsik for biting his mother, and planned to abandon the injured dog in the woods.

Local officials have launched a criminal case against Baidych for the appalling act of cruelty.

Barsik’s abuser must answer for his actions and should not be in a position of public authority. Sign this petition urging the Khmelnytskyi Regional Prosecutor’s Office to pursue this case to the fullest extent of the law and call for a lifelong ban on having any animals.