Blue and Pink dogs in Russia

Blue and Pink dogs in Russia

Liz Wilbur, Writer

In the small town of Dzerzhinsk, about 242 miles east of Moscow. there is an abandoned Dzerzhinskoye Orgsteklo chemical plant that once manufactured highly toxic hydrocyanic acid. The toxic hydrocyanic acid is a core ingredient in a once commonly used “Prussian blue” dye.  Scientists think that this is why the little puppies are showing up with these bright colors.

Dmitry Karelkin, head physician of Zoozashchita veterinary hospital, officially blamed the blue color on “some kind of chemical,” which has not harmed the animals physically. Most likely the dogs have rolled in the chemical, causing their fur to be dyed.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was called to determine whether direct exposure to copper sulfate might result in the discoloration of the little dog’s fur. They also are determining whether the inorganic chemical compound, which was commonly used in the production of plexiglass or as a byproduct of hydrocyanic acid, are both products that the Russian facility was said to have produced before its bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, examiners from the Lobachevsky Research Institute of Chemistry at Nizhny Novgorod State University, as well as the Committee for State Veterinary Surveillance, found “no signs of irritating chemical burns,” while looking at the results from the blood and stool tests that did not reveal any significant toxicity.

Even though the dogs seem fine now they will be under close observation for 20 days. There has been no announcements that have made about the pink dogs though, according to East2West news agency. However, some claims that are calling for an investigation of a chemical dump in another area of Dzerzhinsk, where 300,000 tons of toxic waste was unloaded after the Cold War. The nearby Kristall defense plant was also implicated in local reports.