Mariana Mircea, mayor of Cernavoda, declared herself ready to stop the dog catches and co-operate with STD, by entrusting the management of the new kennels to our association. Her position remains rigid, however, regarding the issue of selective withdrawals of problem-dogs, and her willingness is confirmed to lock up immediately 200 dogs in the new kennels and more dogs in the future, up to about 1000.
Notwithstanding the diverging opinions, it was a cordial encounter that opens new vistas on the co-operation with the municipality and that, inevitably, reshapes STDs presence in this city. We offered our availability to manage the new kennels and to contribute financially, but only on condition of being allowed to substantially change the original project (totally inadequate and even in violation of the national regulations on public kennels). A round-table including STD with the municipal engineers and the building contractors will be held on Monday morning, in a last-ditch attempt to improve the structure of the building which, according to the municipal plans, should be ready in September. The situation is continually evolving and we will keep you informed of the main news during the next few weeks. In the photo: the puppies photographed on the 22nd July in the Biobaza kennel in Constanta where there are also 38 dogs, caught in Cernavoda, kept in unacceptable hygienic and sanitary conditions.
A Romanian supporter who lives in Constanta, contacted us asking us to help a dog, abandoned by its owners, which is suffering from a severe form of mange and urgently needs help. Tomorrow, some co-workers accompanied by Jenny Vestlund of the Finnish association that partners STD, will travel to the area in an attempt to capture the dog and take it to Medgidia, in order to provide the needed treatment. In Constanta the strays situation is dire, notwithstanding the fact that the Biobaza managing company has been putting down strays by the thousands.
Beginning from last week, the dog-catchers of the Biobaza company of Costanta have undertaken a series of catches on the municipal territory of Cernavoda. Up to today, 20 dogs have been caught, all already neutered or spayed by STD, and transported to the public kennels of the big city on the Black Sea where, in years past, thousands of animals have been destroyed.
STD was immediately alerted by some townspeople, as some of the animals had a legitimate owner. Our association has had two meetings with the mayor Mariana Mircea, during the past two days, and is in the process of negotiating a stop to this slaughter, which risks destroying seven years of commitment on our part and bring new pain to animals that, up to now, were safeguarded by our presence. We were informed by the mayor that such measures have become necessary due to some claims of biting cases. For this reason the municipality has signed a contract with the company Biobaza to “park” all Cernavoda stray dogs in Costanta until the new kennels are built. In the past, STD has visited Costanza kennels twice and, above all, has collected over the past few years many witness accounts from dozens of townspeople who have visited the place: in our opinion the company does not offer any security to the stray dogs whose future, is not clear at the moment. We ask all STD supporters not to take any initiatives and await our directions: we are in a delicate phase of the negotiations and we are still hoping of being able to reach an agreement for the welfare of the about 300 strays that are still wandering in the streets and for the future of the whole town. (above: the entrance of the Costanta kennels. Ph. Tommaso Fiscaletti)