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Three years after the start of the Medgidia project, and after enormous discomforts both for the staff and the animals, we have finally made a small dream come true: we have built new pens for the 40-odd dogs living outside the sterilisation centre, in transit to other countries. Over the course of the last two and a half months we have built 4 pens measuring 5m by 5m and 2 pens measuring 2.5m by 5m. The metal fences stand on a smooth concrete base (thanks to a contribution by the Council of Medgidia), and all the pens have drainage and shelter from the sun. Each pen can hold 4-5 dogs. We were moved by the dogs’ enthusiasm when they were transferred into the new pens; they played for hours, mesmorised by the space they suddenly had.

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We also bought about 20 new plastic kennels, because the old wooden ones were falling to pieces. In the whole story there is just one painful detail: so far the work has cost €2500, and for the kennels alone we spent €1500. We counted on recuperating the cost through our TV and newspaper campaign, but the general economic situation has reduced contributions drastically, much more than we had expected. The funds we hoped for from the campaign have not arrived and the overall level of contributions has remained more or less like last year. That is, they are sufficient to cover day-to day expenses but not for extra work like this. This is why any contribution, however small, for the work at Medgidia, would be appreciated enormously.To see the photos of the old fencings, visits the relative section to the Medgidia shelter

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We appeal to all our supporters for help in buying some ten metal cages, which have become necessary to receive the litters that are being abandoned these days, by our Cernavoda and Medgidia shelters (above, the latest three pups “dumped” at the donkey shelter last week). Notwithstanding the fact that sterilizations are free of charge, many of the folks continue to misunderstand our work and are placing great strain on the kennels we manage. As we do not want to assemble temporary pens, which would not be very hygienic and not comfortable at all, these folding cages represent the best solution for this emergency situation (May-June-July). Each cage costs 130 euro and about ten would be needed. Even small donations would be welcome.

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Romanian TV station “Pro TV”, lately always first in line in blowing the whistle on daily animal abuses, has aired the shocking images of a woman who broke a dog’s back by savagely beating it with a broom handle. The 60-year-old was seen by a passer-by who picked up the dog, which was screaming in pain, and brought it to a veterinary. The dog, a 4-5 month old puppy, was “put to sleep” due to the dire injury. The event took place in the town of Braila, about 100 km from Cernavola. The woman has been charged but, due to a lack of regulations for the application of the animal protection law, probably she will not be condemned. View the video (strongly unadvisable for sensitive people).

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During a short holiday, the STD President visited the kennels on the island of Pantelleria, managed by the Pantelleria Bau association.

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A small group of volunteers – who solved the stray dog problem on the island by means of sterilizations – is taking care of 60 abandoned dogs, which were transferred to the new municipal kennels during the past month of December. Even though this represents a significant improvement on the previous accommodation (a totally inadequate former abattoir), the dog shelter shows a series of serious structural shortcomings, due to the questionable build-quality of the facility. Only five months after commissioning as a matter of fact, the floor of the cages is already breaking up, while the sewerage system hardly works and the clinic has no air-conditioning, which is essential in such a hot locality. The kennel cost the local Administration almost half a million euro, while the annual running budget is only 27.000 euro, which is insufficient to allow Pantelleria Bau to operate the shelter. Furthermore, the facility was conceived to host 40 dogs but presently hosts 60 because local adoptions are virtually non-existent. STD calls on tourists to visit the shelter to donate dog food and anti-parasite drugs.

It is also possible to send food to the association address: Pantelleria Bau, via S. Nicola 29, 91017 Pantelleria (TP). Bank co-ordinates for donations: IBAN code IT 90 N 01020 81900 000300506220. Info: Nathalie, 3331287585. Web Site: www.pantelleriabau.org

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In the picture: Ciccio, one of the guests at the shelter. He is about two and is very affectionate.

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