Faculty Advisor

Iannacchione, Germano S.

Faculty Advisor

Medich, David Christopher

Faculty Advisor

Stroe, Izabela RC


Many domesticated dogs were left to fend for themselves during the evacuations following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The mass elimination of these dogs is suboptimal due to the poor optics of such a campaign. The Clean Futures Fund has come to aid in the far more humane process of spaying the dogs in the hopes of removing them from the effected areas. Our research utilized a limited number of fecal and hair samples in an attempt to estimate the radioactivity of dogs and provide a decontamination scheme that would allow for their removal from the exclusion zone. While limited in certainty due to low sample counts, this paper is an effort to provide a first order estimation of a quarantine process such that the Ukrainian government would allow these dogs to be adopted.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



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