Two shocked teachers from a school in Medgidia got in touch a few days ago to tell us about the run down draught horse which they had seen collapsing. When we arrived on the scene, as is often the case, we had a confrontational encounter with the animal’s owner, a man from the “Ali babà” area, who Save the Dogs was already familiar with for animal maltreatment. The horse, which had slipped while pulling a cart, was undernourished and had an injured hoof. Nonetheless, the owner forced him back up with kicks, trying to make him get back to work. At this point, we stepped in and remembering a similar incident – when the police had refused to fine the man or requisition the animal – we decided to buy the poor creature for 80 euros.

Mugurel, a stallion, was then brought to Medgidia where he literally threw himself on the hay, completely taken over by hunger.

Unfortunately we do not have enough room to house him and we are urgently seeking the resourses to build a new stable in Cernavoda, where Mugurel and the other Medgidia horses would be moved to before winter begins. Declining Italian donations have forced us to ask our Scandinavian partners and the Monaco delegation, managed by Ute Schopperl, for assistence. We hope to be able to give you some good news soon.

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In Romania, it is common practice to leave resting workhorses in the fields and let them graze on the grass.
Unfortunately, it often occurs that the animals have both their front or hind legs tied so that they cannot walk away, which poses serious risks to their health. This is exactly what happened to this horse in Cernavoda: the animal stumbled over the string that held him, which the pictures show the signs of, and remained lying in the sun for hours, unable to get up. Informed by some citizens, we took action rehydrating the horse (photos) and getting him on a drip for quite some time before we could help him to his feet.
The living conditions of workhorses and donkeys in Romania are terrible: the exploitation to which they are subject and the total lack of education of their owners make their lives very harsh – a situation that STD can improve only in some cases. The horses we maintain and take care of in Cernavoda and Medgidia are about fifteen altogether. If you wish to support the activities of STD’s in favor of working horses in Romania, you can donate with causal “Horses” through our bank accounts or credit card.

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It is not clear what happened to the horse in these images, but according to the owner, it seems that the horse remained entangled in a barbed wire which caused the deep cut. A surgical intervention was necessary to remove the infected parts and stitch the wound. The horse is in convalescence and is monitored by our veterinarians and should make a complete recovery.
There are dozens and dozens of horses which are owned by poor people which Save the Dogs cares for free of charge each year in Cernavoda and in Medgidia where workhorses are used to transport all types of materials.
Below: The photo of the leg after the care and treatment from our veterinarians in Cernavoda.

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It has been a race against the time that has seen also STD involved in the front line during the last weeks in order to let the written declaration 54/09 be signed by more than 50% of the European Parliament Members. With 405 signatures collected within the 11th February, the declaration has been adopted by the Parliament and it permits to start with the revision of the law on the long distance transport of horses. Thanks to the mobilisation in Italy of STD, which involved also Enpa and Oipa receiving the support of both associations, the Italian Members of the European Parliament who signed the declaration passed in the past few days from 7 to 28 (provisional datum). The final list of the signatoriesis visible here.

We thank all the people who have sent emails to the Italian Members of the European Parliament, who, for a long time, did not show any interest for the Declaration, not like the Scandinavian colleagues, who signed in the majority in favour of the provision.

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