Sep/07

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UPDATE FROM CALARASI

The killings in Calarasi has been brought to a halt for four days in order to give people the chance to celebrate their local festival. If the dog-catchers and vets have laid down the tools that they use to euthanise the animals, other residents have not. They have continued to carry out their ‘DIY ‘killings’, eliminating stray dogs at their own will. The killings started by the local Council has, in fact, sparked a spiral of violence thus legitimizing dog-haters to kill them. In the meantime, STD has vaccinated 300 dogs at the Sufletel shelter, recording and adding them to an adoption program.

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While our medical team from Medgidia was worming and vaccinating 300 dogs at Sufletel shelter, the vets from the Local Health Department have continued their killing program. Today 25 dogs have been put down, 140 since the slaugther began, last tuesday. STD has checked through its representative and we’ can confirm’ that euthanasias are done as prescribed by the law. We also noticed that no more pincers have been used to block the dogs but professional grabbers, as suggested by STD. No feedback from the Municipality, that last days has received hundreds of faxes and emails from whole Europe. Although STD states that the slaughter is run with less brutality thanks to the international mobilization.’ Our organisation’ goes on with its diplomatic and political activities to stop this massacre.

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September 21st, the dead bodies of some dogs just killed.

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STD has officially obtained from the Local Health Department that the dogs in Sufletel shelter will not be put down. Tomorrow our team from Medgidia will visit, vaccinate and file all the dogs. STD has asked Sufletel to rehome as many dogs as possible once the rabies emergency will be over. Tomorrow a contract among the two organisations will be signed to make sure that our medical intervention is not in vain and that the dogs (in lack of space and food) will have a better future in Italy, Sweden and Holland. We are asking all our rehoming partners to be available, from mid October, to receive those dogs from Calarasi that are friendly and healthy.

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Today the first 18 dogs have been put down in Calarasi after the rabies emergency was declared. STD did not obtain to foster at least a part of the strays caught (we offered to build a temporary shelter to keep one or two hundreds in quarantene, providing vaccinations and care). No dogs could be removed from the city because of the quarantene measures taken by the health department. The only grants we had were the possibilty to offer food and water to the dogs (waiting 24 hours before the injection) and the use of proper medications to put the animals down. Our Executive President, Laurentiu Vasilescu, witnessed the first 4 euthanasias and checked that they have been performed properly.’ It’s difficult to describe to our supporters the feelings of both our Romanian and Italian team during these painful hours.

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