On the 1st of October 2013 the Municipality of Bucharest charged ASPA (the Authority for Animal Monitoring and Protection) to “solve” once and for all the problem of stray dogs in the Romanian capital. Fifteen months later Razvan Bancescu, coordinator of the public entity, disseminates the numbers that should demonstrate the success of the so-called “anti-strays plan”.
From January 2015 our puppies hosted at Footprints of Joy can benefit from an even more friendly place to spend their time waiting for an adoption. In these days we are dealing with the installation of radiant panels inside some of the pens that house puppies and small sized dogs, particularly sensitive to winter conditions in Romania, which easily reach -20 °.
During a press conference Razvan Bancescu, the director of ASPA, the Authority responsible for strays management in Bucharest, declared that 90% of the dogs leaving Romania to be adopted abroad would actually be destined to vivisection laboratories and a “network of brothels” for bestiality practices. Bancescu showed appalling photos that are supposed to be taken in European countries where the dogs would be sexually exploited.
A few days before Christmas – with a three months unforeseen delay – we started the archaeological surveys on the ground where the new Save the Dogs’ clinic will rise. The excavations are intended to reveal the presence of historical artifacts and represent one of the last steps before the kicking off of the building construction.