Tuesday, 19 July the president of Save the Dogs went to the local Police of Costanza to press criminal charges against the Costanza company, Alfmob, that have managed the public dog pound of the city for many years. A copy of the complaint was also delivered to the Prefect, while a formal complaint was made to the Order of Veterinarians against Ciprian Dumitrascu, the stray dog “butcher” who kills them with pulmonary injections without pre-anaesthesia. Furthermore, Sara Turetta, together with the general director of Save the Dogs Romania, Laurentiu Vasilescu have visited the vet in his clinic which carried out his routine acts with the animals. He was informed of the actions undertaken and by no means denied having committed those actions. He appears to be in the dark concerning the law on the protection of animals and not at all shaken up by the articles which have appeared in the Romanian press in regards to the dog pound scandal in Costanza.
In the past few days, Sara and Laurentiu have been interviewed by the private TV station, Prima TV, the only station at national level that have decided to dedicate space to these atrocities.

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(Foto Alessio Mesiano)

Biba was picked up some months ago in horrible conditions in the streets of Medgidia. Not only was she suffering from a serious form of demodectic mange, but she was also traumatized by the abuse encountered when she was on the streets. Bibi has improved greatly in this period of permanency in our refuge in Medgidia, and even though not 100% cured, in around one month, she can probably fly back to Sweden and join the family that the association DogRescue, will have located for her.

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The little stray dog was noticed by a woman going to Cernavoda hospital in the early morning, who immediately phoned us. The dog was hit by a car and hid himself into a hole in the ground. Save the Dogs operators removed him with some difficulties and his conditions seemed very severe from the first moment. Once at the clinic he was humanely put to sleep by our medical staff because of to the bad injuries to his head. In the video below: the arrival of the dog at Save the Dogs clinic.

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These past dreadful days we have feared for the lives of our beloved animals and the fate of the dog home facilities. However, on Sunday the rain stopped and the pumps finally began doing their job. The situation is gradually getting back to normal and, despite all the sludge and muck which the water left behind, the cats and dogs are doing well. Those that had been set free didn’t stray far from the structure and those hoisted up in cages were all thankfully safe and sound.
Now, it’s unfortunately time to assess the damage which adds up to around 10,000 Euros considering the animal food ruined by the water and damp, the several tonnes of gravel which were in the enclosures and were swept away, the rusted metal enclosures which are to be thrown out and the clinic walls, which need new plasterwork and painting. Additionally, a second pump must be bought as well as boots for all the staff. Whoever wishes to give a contribution may do so as always via current account or credit card. We would also like to remind you that for the last two years we have been collecting funds for the new refuge which is to be built on the hills of Cernavoda in a flood-safe area. Whoever wishes to contribute to this aspiration may do so indicating “new refuge construction” as reason for payment. Save the Dogs would like to thank all its supporters who have offered their generosity and encouragement in these days as well as its Scandinavian partners who collected funds and sent volunteers onsite. Thank you everyone!

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