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MAYA IS WALKING AGAIN!

On July 2nd we told you about Maya, a female puppy found along the tracks at Medgidia’s railway station. Here she is in the photos as she takes her first steps in the infirmary and as she wobbles around wagging her tail between the cages at the sterilization center. Amputation was not necessary and now all efforts are concentrated on healing her wounds. Should she make a full recovery, there might already be an Italian family that wants to adopt her. A special thanks to all those who are helping us finance the cost of her medical care.

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During the visit by the volunteers from Bellinzona, we came across a young dog in a very serious condition, on the outskirts of the town of Medgidia. Unfortunately across the whole of Romania there are hundreds of thousands of young dogs that can be seen by the roadside, and even in our towns they continue to appear in suburban areas: abandoned or simply coming from the villages in search of food.
When a dog is healthy, STD leaves it where it is, so that it can be sterilized later.
But when a stray is in a condition like that of poor Mimmo (photo), then it is necessary to intervene. Sara and the SPA volunteers contacted the staff at Medgidia, who immediately intervened to catch the small dog.
Extremely frightened, covered in mange and skin infections, he was brought to our centre, where we are now trying to rehabilitate him from every point of view. If you would like to contribute to the cost of treatment for Mimmo, you can make a donation (however small) to our current account or via Pay Pal.


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The trip to Rumenia of the swiss volunteers from SPA in Bellinzona, who have visited STD projects for the first time during this week, was a very hard experience.
After meeting in Slatina Gratiela and Teodora Ristea, who, with their small Association’  Prieteni Nostri, take care of about 500 dogs, the swiss volunteers went with’  Sara Turetta to the city public dog pound sadly’ well-known for the way they kill stray dogs there.

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About 70 ill and undernourished dogs were gathered in two pens under the burning sun: neither water nor food were present. The place was covered by an unreal silence.  It wasn’t possibile for them to get closer or give those poor animals some food or water either, because a double fence kept visitors at a distance from dogs. After the inspection, STD decided to support the legal action of the FNPA (one of the two Federations grouping the rumenian protectionist associations) launching a campaign of international protest against Municipality next September.
The swiss delegation then visited the dog pounds in Calarasi and Cernavoda and the neutering center in Medgidia. Along the way, they found numerous needy dogs, but the volunteers decide to intervene just in two situations: in Medgidia, where the puppy (then called Mimmo) was captured with the help of the local STD team, and in the little town of Satu Nou, where little Zina was found in a drainage canal, inside a ditch, feverish and with a fractured femur.

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Mimmo e Zina
After the tour de force, the SPA girls from Bellinzona (the sole swiss shelter which is presently supporting STD by welcoming some dogs of ours and by finding trustworthy families for them) came back to the Ticino Canton enthusiastic about the STD project and most of all wishing to support, in the future, our intervention.

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Nella foto Sara T. con Nicoletta Besomi e Claudia De Palma.

STD President Sara Turetta is spending 8 days in Romania with a couple of foreign delegations. One of them, consisting of 3 volunteers of “Società  di Protezione degli Animali” from Bellinzona, Switzerland, is visiting Romania for the first time. The other — the English delegation of the Donkey Sanctuary — is in Cernavoda to discuss the construction of a new shelter for the 25 donkeys rescued by STD. We will keep you posted on their activities as soon as possible, with the (dramatic) details and photos of the Slatina town kennel, visited by STD and by the Swiss volunteers on July, 14th.

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