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As expected, STD has left the shelter in Calarasi at the beginning of December and, as soon as the snow has melted down, the Municipality has officially asked to the society of Mr. Plesca (a “business man” of the city) to comb the city streets. Since February 22 we receive emails from desperate citizens, who tell us about terrible scenes: strangled dogs, dogs with their eyes out of the orbits, animals suffocated in front of people. The same shocking images shot in 2003 and included in our TV spot last year.
A woman, who was trying to rescue a little dog that had been sterilized by STD in the past, told to have been hit by a dogcatcher. Obviously, the “dirty job” is delegated to ignorant and needy people, who walk around in the city quarters (escorted by the local police) with sticks and laces. Animals who survive to the captures are brought to the shelter in Dalga, where some witnesses talk about agonizing dogs, dying of starvation and of thirst. Officially, the society should release sterilized dogs in the territory, but citizens assure that no dogs came back. Yesterday, Laurentiu Vasilescu, the director of STD Romania, tried to enter the shelter but the access has been denied.
Even if STD has decided to not intervene anymore in a direct way in the city, we cannot ignore this umpteenth tragedy. We ask our supporters all over Europe to send protest emails to the enclosed addresses, using the text that you can find here. The letter can be sent also by fax to the numbers reported in it. STD will inform the Italian Embassy and Rumanian medias (take a look at the press release which has been issued), hoping that the mayor Nicolae Dragu will stop the captures and will start with a civil plan of sterilization.

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Dogs waiting to die, at the Dalga killing pound. STD rescued only 2 small sizes: unfortunately adoptions abroad have been quite slow.

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Mar/10

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4 months after her finding in Medgidia Ivana reached her destination: thanks to the Switzerland based STD delegation she has found an extraordinary family in the Canton of Ticino, that loves her. To see al the pictures click here.

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They have been hearing dogs screaming for months, beaten to death in the dog puong of Feteni, close to Ramnicu Valcea (Central Romania). Some old men horrified by what they have been hearing and seeing, have decided to call the press and point this situation out: “We’ve seen dustbins full of corpses- they said to the daily paper Adevarul- but we’ve been chased away by the employees of the municipality. A few days after, we’ve been up to the police station where a policeman said us to shut our mouth”. But the old couple decided not to stop. They underlined the sadism of the employees of the dog pound, that every day load corpses of these poor dogs into trucks heading to the dump. Unfortunately these situations are common in several areas of Romania and despite the big troubles that STD has in Cernavoda and Megdidia, our towns remain heaven on earth for this stray dogs if compared to places like Feteni. The whole article (only in Romanian) available to this link.

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(Ph. Adevarul)
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