Saturday the 26th Sara Turetta has visited the small shelter of Gorzone, managed by the volunteers of the organisation ARGO. Thanks to them, 20 Romanian dogs have found loving families since the collaboration started, almost 1 year ago. Sara also met the vets that provide medical assistance to the shelter, who sounded willing to spend some time in Romania to support STD. We are thankful to Sally, Simona, Tina and all volunteers caring for our stray dogs and being so sensitive to our mission. To see pictures of two dogs from Calarasi rehomed by ARGO, please press here.
Yesterday a violent mini tornado fell on the province of Costanza, causing considerable damage and forcing local authorities to declare a state of natural disaster. The tornado’s epicenter was exactly in the Cernavoda area and, unfortunately, a large part of our pound’s fence was uprooted (approximately 80 meters). Fortunately the dogs, which at a certain point found themselves free, did not wander away from the pound and all of them were found by our employees. They are all doing just fine despite the fright. Many light posts have fallen and, at present, the telephone lines are out of service and the windows of many houses in the area are broken into a thousand pieces. We will need to purchase the material needed to rebuild the fence, which collapsed as a result of the strong gusts of wind, and rebuild the split roofs. The damages add up to around 1000 euros, necessary to purchase new metal posts, wooden beams and cloth material. Thanks to all those who will give us a hand.
Some of the damage caused by the tornado yesterday
Killing pound in Slatina. Its conditions are far from respecting the Romanian law ruling public shelters.
The tragical death of the 6 years old girl in Constanza has boosted the catching and killing of strays all around Romania, especially in those cities that never accepted any sterilization program. One of these places is Slatina, where many witnesses state that dogs in the killing pound are eating each other and suffering much before being put down. In these hours a delegation from FCCP organisation (www.fccp.ro) is driving to Slatina to discuss with the Mayor, while Prieteni Nostri (a local group of animal lovers that takes care of 600 dogs in a shelter) is gathering proofs of the cruelties committed by authorities. All proposals to the city hall to start “neuter and release” programs have failed due to the negative attitude of the Mayor.
A stray dog in Costanza
A six year-old girl was attacked and killed by a group of stray dogs on the outskirts of Costanza. The girl was probably left unattended by her parents to play in the nearby fields, and her death has caused the outbreak of a new violent campaign against the strays.
The terrible incident (all the details are still not clear as an investigation is currently underway) is being used by the Romanian press to attack a bill proposed by Senator Marinescu. This proposed new law on the protection of animals’ rights was approved in December, and it temporarily caused the suspension of the killings, pending legislative elucidation that doesn’t seem to be coming any time soon.
Should the results of the investigation confirm that the girl’s death was caused by the dog-bites suffered, we will remain firmly convinced that this is the tragic consequence of the mismanagement and ineptitude of the authorities, who since December have persisted with the extermination policies. STD and all of the associations would like the same thing that the politicians and the citizens of Romania want: that the stray dogs disappear from the streets.
But instead of re-evaluating the unsuccessful methods that have been employed thus far, the stray dogs themselves continue to be demonized. The blame for the situation, attributed to the associations, is exclusively that of the authorities. Here below are a few links to articles (in Romanian) that comment on the incident.