Aug/09

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HORROR IN HARSOVA

We are receiving countless warnings, from all over Romania, that seem to indicate one thing only: the authorities continue to ignore the law on the protection of animals and continue to systematically kill thousands of stray dogs. In the PHOTOS OF THE SLAUGHTER, you can see the images of the latest case: Harsova, not far from Cernavoda, where it appears that dogs are killed with shotguns and are then mutilated by cutting off one ear in order to receive a reward from the Municipality.

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Notwithstanding the summer break, STD staff in Romania have carried on the dialogue begun in July with the Cernavoda town administration. After the meetings with the mayoress, Mariana Mircea, a fruitful dialogue was launched whose first result was that of stopping all dog captures by the Biobaza company of Costanta. The dog catchers (who caught 40 strays in July) are no longer to be seen in the town. Many aspects remain to be defined now: in our opinion, the new kennel plans prepared by the administration must be radically revised and it is on this point that the current meetings with the municipal managers are concentrating. Meanwhile, the town council (that had many councillors, across party lines, supporting our view) voted almost unanimously, on the 10th August, in favour of the document that ratifies in principle the council’s partnership with STD. We await to see how the still-delicate situation evolves.
On the other hand, the news we are receiving from Medgidia are worrying: a tender for the construction and management of a public kennel has been published. This tender calls for a significant initial investment, by the managing entity, in order to erect the building. This is an investment that STD (due to lack of any European funding) is unable to make. We will keep you posted also on the situation in this other town, where STD has been working now for three years and where almost 4 000 animals have been sterilized.

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Many of you will certainly remember Tobia’s dramatic vicissitudes, a dog whose eyes had literally popped out of their sockets. Thanks to your help and Hundhjalpen’s co-operation, last April Tobia was adopted in Sweden. Visit the Before and After section in order to see the photos of his new life.

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