Stray dogs are rounded up and shot in Morocco!
Dozens of stray dogs have been rounded up and shot in Morocco ahead of a visit by FIFA to assess the country's suitability to host the World Cup, it has emerged.
Pictures show some of the strays piled up amid claims of a cull in the coastal resort of Tamraght, to the north of Agadir while separate images show blood on the road.
Footage also shows a dog falling injured to the ground before its lifeless body is dragged away in the Agadir suburb of Aourir.
The video was posted by the Swiss NGO 'Tierbotschafter' ('Animal Ambassadors').
It said the images come ahead of a visit by a FIFA delegation to assess the country's bid for the 2026 World Cup.
Many of the animals had only recently been vaccinated and castrated as part of a programme to humanely control the population, the NGO claimed, while others still showed the earmark attached by the group.
Tierbotschafter chief Brigitte Post said: 'Since that night [last week Thursday] dozens of dogs from our castration and vaccination programme have been shot, injured or taken away in a lorry while still alive.'
She claimed that the streets are being 'cleaned up' by the Moroccan authorities to leave a good impression on the visiting delegation.
Post said: 'In a flagship project in and around Casablanca, we castrated over a thousand dogs, vaccinated against rabies, tagged them with an ear tag and returned them to their territory.'
'Dog killing has proven to be pointless - neither the number of stray dogs nor those infected with rabies fall.'
A foreign national living for many years in the Casablanca area said he witnessed the scenes.
He said: 'I woke up to the sound of gunshots. Around 30 to 40 armed men started shooting dogs in the middle of the town, regardless of whether or not they were labelled with ear tags as vaccinated and neutered.'
According to the man, who wished to remain anonymous, anyone who tried to take pictures or stop the gunmen from shooting was either threatened or arrested.
The man said: 'So we foreigners organised a rescue operation with the local population to accommodate as many dogs as possible in private homes.'
He said many tourists have now reported the action online
.they are still killing street dogs, now it's even worse and especially in my neighborhood because the authorities are influencing people and encouraging them to kill them so i had to take the step ahead and help those dog by feeding them daily so they wont annoy thoses evil persons and why not building a house for them depending on donations.