Nov/08

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DYING HORSE PUT DOWN BY STD

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Once arrived on the scene, the diagnosis was immediate: terminal stage of tetanus. Our Medgidia staff had been called earlier by some people who had noticed the poor animal’s convulsions and its moaning, among the general indifference of bystanders. No trace of the presumed owner. As soon as euthanasia procedures were started, in the presence of the medical officer of the Local Health Authority Unit (ASL), an individual claiming to be the owner of the animal, suddenly appeared voicing his opposition: he would personally slaughter it (cut the animal’s throat) and make use of the meat. The ASL medical officer sharply disagreed and allowed our staff to proceed with administering euthanasia. The situation was monitored until the carcass was removed by the municipal waste management services, in order to avoid scavenging by the neighbourhood folks.

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Autumn is here and transporting timber has become a priority for so many Romanian families who still use their stoves to keep themselves warm (in fact, this applies to everybody who does not live in an apartment block). Unfortunately the transportation of timber takes place on the whole using carts pulled by horses and donkeys, animals that don’t receive sufficient care or food to be able to withstand the loads that they have to pull. Here you can see pictures that were taken last week in Medgidia, when the STD team had to intervene and provide treatment to a horse that literally collapsed under the weight of the timber it was carrying.’  In the end the poor animal, after being treated with an intravenous drip, managed to stand back up:’  unfortunately its future, like that of the hundreds of thousands of horses in Romania, is committed to hard work and suffering, which will finish in a local or Italian slaughterhouse.

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Romania continues to bear witness to incidents highlighting the hard life endured by its work horses. Whilst some are resold and exported to Italy for food consumption, others are simply abandoned and left to their fate. This horse from Medgidia was knocked down by a motor vehicle and died following an internal haemorrhage. When staff from STD arrived there was nothing more they could do. In particular, we would like to thank Petrisor Beblea from the Department of public health in Medgidia for informing us immediately and preventing the horse from being slaughtered on the pavement, by disposing of it appropriately.

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Do you remember Pegasus, the horse found last June in Medgidia? After 2 months of treatments and care, he is recovering, eating grass in our backyard with the other horse Liza. Unfortunately Pegasus is just one among many abandoned and ill-treated horses in our area, and even if we have a new land, we don’t have the financial possibility to build new stables and fences for the animals in need. Pegasus’ is one’ of the lucky’ horses’ sponsored at present by STD supporters.

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