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Pets And Farm Animals Abandoned After Industrial Spill (Video)

Pets And Farm Animals Abandoned After Industrial Spill (Video)

Last week, a toxic flood released millions of gallons of mining sludge in Hungary. Several towns were enveloped with the red wastewater after a factory reservoir crumbled under the stress of byproduct produced by decades of aluminum production.

Forced to flee or be caught up in the deadly substance, many villagers abandoned their pets and farm animals behind to fend for themselves.

The sludge, a waste product in aluminum production, contains heavy metals and is toxic if touched or ingested. Two women, a young man and a three-year-old child are known to have been killed in the floods, and scores of locals suffered burns and eye irritation from contact with the red waters.

Watch this video to see hungry, scared animals being rescued by local activists.

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Image: A resident rescues a cat from toxic sludge that flooded the village of Devecser, on October 5, 2010.
Image Credit: REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo (via National Post News).

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9:47AM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

I feel extremely angry. Even more when I realize this is happening in Europe.

7:41PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Completly frustrating issue and makes me so angry.
I have no words.
TY for posting...

3:06PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Big thank you to the rescuers who made an effort.

4:24AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Many thanks to the rescue group who loves animals.

4:06AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Treasure every living life

3:16AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Comment peut-on quitter sa maison en y laissant ses animaux ? Je regrette, mais je ne partage absolument pas cette décision. Merci aux secoureurs qui ont aidé ces pauvres abandonnés.

6:27AM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

thank you to the rescue groups,thank you for sharing 18/7

11:30PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Kudos and a standing ovation to the rescuers...and to those who did take their pets with them.

4:56AM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

I`m thinking...., why does not corporates get fines EVERY time they spill, I know we do. It has to be major spill and attention before they get to pay. With spill of millions of gallons every year it is nothing less than SICK! Make them PAY for every singel spill they do worldwide.

1:45AM PST on Nov 19, 2010

my englih's not good, dis is so cruel to leave their animals behind, these people don't care bout animals, their own animals! animals are sweet, kind, intelligent,their owners are heartless to leave them because it means they're gonna die in dis toxic red stuff so it's like murdering their pets
dis doesn't make any sense : why can they save themselves and their human families, but don't save their pets? wot's da difference betxween savin a human bein and savin an animal? none! cuz if they got time to save the human people livin with em they easily could have saved their animals
but they don't think like dat coz for em, animals are only animals, they don't deserve respect and to live, dat's why when someting terrible happens like dis disaster, cruel huamn beings show their true nature : they don't care bout animals, their animals, other people's animals, no animals at all!!! they let their animalz die because according to em, wot's most important are humans, animals ain't important, cuz they wouldn't leave a human behind, dat's for sure, it'd be so cruel!!! but leave an animal behind, let him die, why not? who cares bout a stupid lil animal! well fortunately, some people care!! like me, i'd neva leave my kids behind, for me, my pets are my kids and i'm their mom and i'm a vegan and da most important thing is dis earth are animals, i hate people like dat, like it was da same with katrina, these criminals let their animals in da houses and left em alone to die, i hate dat, go

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