Despite the three meetings we had with the editorial staff of Romania Libera (the daily newspaper which had published the pictures of the poor dog) and probing the 5 municipalities where we suspected the pictures had been taken, all hope of finding the whereabouts of the dog have failed.The photographer and the editor gave us confused and contradictory clues which unfortunately did not enable us to identify the house where the dog had been photographed. After two weeks, we also found out that these pictures had been taken in October 2005.’ Information that had previously been withheld.’ We left copies of the pictures in all the 5 municipalities (Snagov, Silista, Gruiu, Lipia, Ghermanesti) promising a reward for information of the whereabouts of the dog.’ We have searched high and low: meeting with local police officers, all school directors and mayors, we have followed the postman’s indications, asked animal lovers and passer-bys, searched courtyards and climbed over fences. But still no sign of the poor animal.
At this stage, we can safely say that the real news is a superficial approach and disregard for any code of conduct as long as the journalists had a story-publishing photographs over one and a half years later and not contacting anyone in the position to do something at that very moment in time. This was done without preserving any reference to enable future identification.’ The photographer and his colleague showed that they were no different to the woman who had kept the dog in those inhumane conditions. They did not intend to raise public awareness: instead they just wanted a bit of gossip. With much regret we have decided to stop our search.
In the picture: Laurentiu Vasilescu, STD representative in Romania, asking questions to one of the Lipia residents in the hope that the dog would be identified.
Sadly still no results in the searches for the chained dog. During a new meeting with the photographer (who doesn’t remember the exact place where he shot the photos last September) we have asked and obtained new ones of the animal with the wish to find some useful clues. Unfortunately no helpful information about the place where the pictures have been taken were found – but the presence of a small boat. This is the reason why the long lake of Snagov will be combed with the hope to find the poor dog still alive. The searches will continue during the next days.
The hours spent searching the small town of Germanesti (near Snagov), where the press photographer from the Romanian newspaper “Romania Libera” said he had taken the picture of the chained dog, have produced no results so far. Neither the police, nor the civil servants or the few citizens questioned in the street know the owner of this dog. Our representative in Romania will meet the press photographer today at 4:00 pm to view all the pictures taken and try to identify the street and the house where the dog was spotted.
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’ We spent days trying to get in touch with the press photographer who took this picture back in September.’ However today we had a breakthough: we finally managed to find the whereabouts of the village situated just outside of Bucharest where it was taken.
Our manager in Romania will leave tomorrow in the hope of finding the owner, probably someone who has serious mental problems.
STD will do everything possible to take the dog in.