TENS OF STRAYS RAKED IN MANGALIA. SUPPORT OUR PROTEST!
Save the Dogs is dismayed to learn that the town of Mangalia (Romania) has commissioned a non identified company to capture thousands of stray dogs that populate its streets. The animals caught have all disappeared into a “black hole” and can’t be found by local animal lovers and citizens looking for them.
At the beginning of his mandate Mayor Cristian Radu had expressed his engagement to stop the killings occurred during the previous administration and to undertake a proper dog population management program. Save the Dogs helped the Municipality to start a virtuous circle by visiting the town 8 times in 2012 with its mobile clinic, neutering nearly 400 animals. Mangalia City Manager Romulus Dumitrana also visited our Footprints of Joy centre in Cernavoda and – in spite of the financial difficulties – had expressed at the time the will to start a similar project in his own town.Due to the recent spread of a television report in Romania which underlined the presence of thousands of dogs in the towns facing the Black Sea, the Mayor decided to make a dramatic change of strategy and to call the dog catchers, wiping with a sponge all the attempts to initiate a sterilization program.
We urge the mayor of Mangalia Cristian Radu:
- To disclose the name of the company in charge with the catchings and to disclose the value of the contract
– To make public the names of “special kennels” where the dogs would be locked up in Mangalia
– To immediately stop the catchings and to resume dialogue with the associations, meeting as soon as possible our President Sara Turetta
– To launch an integrated and European dog population program to humanely and efficiently solve the plague of stray dogs in his town
We launched a petition which we ask you to sign and promote widely while Italian MEP Andrea Zanoni sent a letter to the Mayor urging to respect the European Convention for Pets Welfare. Here is the letter sent to the Mayor of Mangalia by UK organization Dogs Trust.
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