They have thrown him in a well, with his neck tight to prevent him from escaping. The little dog’ featured’ in’ the pictures was rescued today by STD team in Calarasi. The poor dog would have starved to death if he had not been noticed by a citizen. The rope around his neck has hurt him, but he will recover and he will be included in Dogsadotpions NL program.
STD have been fighting for months for have the shelter working at full steam, amongst red tape and financial problems. The neutering has finally speeded up and the young vet Valentina is becoming completely self-sufficient in the interventions. We have received a large number of requests’ for the neutering of both cats and dogs from the population. In February we managed to maintain a steady numbers of animals (280)’ thanks to international adoptions which enabled us to send approximately 70 animals to families and shelters abroad. Moreover this enabled us to help out in a few desperate cases and to guarantee decent conditions to the puppies abandoned in front of the shelter ( see the photo below).
We have finally obtained a good result with the removal of the asbestos. In fact the roofs of the concrete kennels that we inherited were made of this dangerous material so we got rid of all of them and substitute them with planks of plastic covered plywood (below).
It will probably not be a long term solution but it’s the best that was affordable with our finances. Moreover we have been stocking straw that will help to keep our guests warm when the cold arrives and, thanks to your help, we have bought 60 wooden kennels to protect all the animas in the shelter.
We have requested’ help from our international partners to deal with some urgent problems such as the absence of third container where we could set up a heated post operational room for the winter time. The field tent that we received last year does not enabled us to maintain the right room temperature after the interventions. We hope to be able to give you good news soon and to show you the photos of the bungalow on our site.
Three months after our admittance in the ex dog pound in Sufletel, yesterday 15th May 2008 the shelter was officially introduced to the press and to local authorities. Once the heaps of rubble, animals remains and a lot of rubbish had been cleaned away, with its 200 finally healthy “guests”, the dog pound made a very positive impression on all the visitors. Luigi Estero, italian Vice Ambassador in Romania, the Under- Secretary of Agricolture Dr. Nedelcu (already head of the veterinary service in the province of Calarasi) and the mayor Mr Nicolae Dragu were also present.
The first citizen has expressed his intentin to start cooperating with STD again (which was suddenly interrupted with new dogs killings)’ in order to build a model veterinary clinic next to the shelter. The first step will be the extention of the contract for 49 years for the cost free loan, which STD inherited from Sufletel and which represents the basis for all our future activities. The opening was also attended by the production Manager of the Saint Gobain Company, Mr Gianpaolo Puncioni, a young man sensitive to problems concerning dog wandering and who’ promised that a third container would be provided following to other two that had already been supplied.’ On the other hand STD found out that the Italian company Tenaris (from Dalmine – BERGAMO) has recently shot many stray dogs who wandered around the iron-works, despite the fact that STD had done the same work as they had done for Saint Gobain.
Many citizens took part in the opening and were able to meet the STD dog pound staff.
Here are the pictures that show the slow return to life of the ex Sufletel kennels, finally managed by Save The Dogs. The money saved thanks to the donation by Saint Gobain (two containers transformed into offices/operating theatre and changing rooms) have been spent to produce the main gate and the fences to separate about 60 dogs closed in a large area without structures. The total amount for this work comes to â‚¬7,000.
The new pens that stop dogs from killing each other and allow all the animals to eat.
The first supply of kennels: about 80 are still needed.
The second-hand container bought to store food and other useful materials. We have removed the rust and repainted it.
The water tank and a view of the operating theatre in one the Saint Gobain containers.
Despite these improvements there is still a lot to be done, and to do everything we need your help: we still need about 80 wooden kennels (â‚¬35 euros each), we have to create roofs to give an area in the shade (about â‚¬60 per roof) and build individual runs for animals that have been operated on or which need long periods of treatment. To make a donation with the beneficiary’s name “Calarasi” click here or use your credit card with Pay Pal.