Local animal control director traveling to Ukraine for rescue effort


NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The Chernobyl disaster happened back in 1986, but the area is still feeling its effects.

That’s why New Bedford Director of Animal Control Manny Maciel is on his way to Ukraine. He plans to help animals that have been affected by the power plant explosion.

“We spay and neuter their dogs and check for radiation then get them vaccinated, and also some cats in the area, then return them back,” Maciel explained.

Maciel will spend three weeks working with an organization called the Clean Futures Fund, which focuses on rescuing stray animals that have been left behind after disasters.

The group is working to help the Ukraine government control their animal population without having to put any of the animals down.

Maciel believes he will be helping save between 300-500 cats and dogs during his time overseas.

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