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The puppy in the picture lives in a parking lot of a supermarket in Costanza, the port city where the situation of the stray dogs is very critical. The puppy is about four months old and was spotted by some animal lovers, who noticed that he was gravely wounded,’  in fact, the puppy has a metal wire lodged in his skin.’  We believe that someone had the puppy chained with the intention of starving him to death, a practice very common in this part of the world when they want to free themselves of any unwanted animal.’  Tomorrow, an STD pick-up team will try to rescue the puppy, who is very frightened and lives with about thirty other stray dogs. Without our help this puppy is probably destined to die from blood poisoning.’ We will keep you informed on this situation. .

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We have been waiting for the photos of Maya, rescued last July at the Medgidia Center and successfully cured for serious legs injuries , for a long time. Maya was flown to Switzerland last week where Megi and Aris, two STD supporters that were moved by reading her story, were waiting for her. Here are some photos of Maya, feeling at home with her new family. Romania is now only a bad memory.

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Romanian TV has featured the case’ of a stray dog killed by a man with a picthfork. The starving dog’ had attacked a flock with his pack: the sheperd has promptly taken the pitchfork and used it to kill the poor animal. We’ discourage sensitive people from watching the video.

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Over the last few days there have been endless reports both on TV and in the newspapers about the impounding of pedigree pups smuggled from Eastern Europe and the health warning issued by Local Health Authorities.
STD would like to take this opportunity once again to repeat its total condemnation of this horrendous trade that is growing across Italy as a result of scheming between Hungarian and Romanian breeders and unscrupulous Italian traders. These animals are bred in dire conditions back in their country of origin (recalls Carla Bernasconi, President of the Veterinary Order of Milan, in this article), transported in totally inadequate lorries over long distances at the end of which a proportion of the pups have already died.’ ’  STD calls upon everybody not to buy dogs over the internet or from shops but rather adopt one of the 150,000 dogs that are currently living in Italian kennels. If you truly wish to buy a pedigree, the best advice is to go to an Italian breeder checking on the conditions of the animals and ask for guarantees over the origin of the pup.’ ’  Finally, STD would like to remind everybody that pups from its own shelters (Cernavoda, Medgidia, and Calarsi) are all at least 3 months old, are vaccinated against rabies and the main infectious diseases, wormed, sterilized and are always accompanied by an official passport, in accordance with Italian and European legislation.

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