One of our Romanian voluntary workers carried a first batch of food aid to Iosif for him and his pets. In addition to the dry food for his 3 stray dogs, thanks to an STD supporter we were also able to buy some food for Iosif.’ Iosif’ is currently unemployed in Calarasi and we are hoping to offer him a job at the future STD shelter. He wishes to thank all the people that were moved from his story and helped him.
A friend of Iuliana’s, our veterinarian in Bucharest, spotted the dog in a courtyard on the outskirts of the city. The dog in the photo had been kept on a chain from the time it was two months old and the chain was never adjusted for size as the dog grew. Result: as is the case with many dogs owned in Romania, the chain penetrated the dog’s skin and eventually became an integral part of the dog’s body. The poor animal, frightened and sad, was fed only a morsel of bread each day. Iuliana’s friend managed to distract and “catch” the dog and Iuliana has offered to look after the dog until STD finds it a new family. Click here to view sequential photos of the operation conducted by Iuliana to remove the dog’s chain. sequenza-1.jpg, sequenza-2.jpg, sequenza-3.jpg, sequenza-4.jpg, sequenza-5.jpg
Iosif, the unemployed man from Calarasi that takes care of three dogs, has been immediately sponsorshiped by a friend of STD. Many thanks to Sara M. for her important contribution.
Today a 6 year-old girl came to the clinic in tears, holding in her arms her dying puppy. The poor animal had been violently slammed up against a wall by a man who lives in the same neighbourhood as the young girl. Unfortunately, nothing could be done to save the animal, which was euthanized immediately. The puppy had been adopted by the little girl only the day before. The puppy had been vaccinated and dewormed by STD which had also taken in the other puppies from the litter and spayed the mother (privately owned).STD contacted the Cernavoda Police but despite the many testimonies who witnessed the brutal act, nobody came forward to make an official statement for fear of reprisal. It will be difficult to bring to justice the man responsible for the crime.
However, STD is considering legal action against him. The man, a previous offender, is known to be a violent person. His wife, upon learning of the accusations against her husband, commented “All this fuss over a dog?”.
In the photo: The puppy beaten to death and Andreea, an STD aide in Romania (on the left), speaking with witnesses and the police.