STD BREAKS OFF WITH DUTCHYPUPPY
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Save the Dogs has formally broken off its links with the Dutch association Dutchypuppy, founded by the TV personality Bridget Maasland.
The cooperation with the group began 3 years ago after the Dutch presenter adopted a puppy from Rumania, the country where Save the Dogs has been operating a programme of sterilization and adoption of strays since 2002.
The partnership was launched when Dutchypuppy donated a camper worth euro 32,000, which Save the Dogs converted into a mobile clinic to sterilize dogs and cats in remote villages in south-east Rumania. The inauguration of the clinic was filmed by Dutch, Rumanian and Italian TV. This donation was a part of what Bridget Maasland earned for posing for the Dutch version of Playboy.
In 2007 and 2008 Dutchypuppy made contributions to Save the Dogs worth euro 26,900, 25 kennels and approximately 40 tons of dog food.
Despite our repeated requests, the association refused to sign any kind of agreement which would lead to an exchange of balance sheets and to a definition of guidelines for funds raised in Holland. This kind of written agreement is normal practice for all major international organizations and is part of Save the Dogs policy in Italy and Rumania whenever a new link is established with foreign partners.
The need for complete transparency in the management of funds became even more urgent following the broadcast last June of the Dutch programme Xperience, which filmed the veterinary work of the mobile clinic. Since the programme no other financial contribution has been made to the projects in Rumania, and we have not received any communication from Dutchypuppy.
Despite the financial difficulties that Save the Dogs is currently experiencing, as can be seen from the recent closure of one of our four projects in Rumania, the association has decided to keep faith with its basic principles and has broken off all links with Dutchypuppy.
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