Austrian politician claims immigrant dogs stealing shelter places

Far-right Austrian MP Gottfried Waldhausl claims immigrant dogs are stealing the places of native dogs at animal shelters

Far-right Austrian MP Gottfried Waldhausl claims immigrant dogs are stealing the places of native dogs at animal shelters

A far-right politician has been widely ridiculed for warning crowds that immigrant dogs are stealing the places of native dogs at animal shelters.

The bizarre statement was made by state MP Gottfried Waldhausl, who sits in the State Assembly of Lower Austria for the far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPO).

The subject was broached during a campaign event in the northeastern city of Melk, where Waldhausl was discussing security policies with his colleague Peter Huber.

Waldhausl claimed the FPO took animal welfare very seriously and their party's security and immigration policies were not just to protect the country from human immigrants, but also animals.

'Dogs with a migration background often take the places of our animals in our town's shelters,' he said.

The MP was widely ridiculed on social media for his comments after the

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