The dog-catchers have returned to Cernavoda. Last Thursday they have caught many stray dogs, while the local police has protected them from the citizens’ protests.  Also Save the Dogs workers who have rushed to the location and took pictures of the new catchings.
The strategy is like always: indulge public opinion which is favorable to dog-catching to allow the Mayor to be reelected in the next council elections.
The work of Save the Dogs of the past ten years is subject to a new hard blow and hundreds of dogs will be locked up and killed in the killing-pound of Costanza. These dogs are peaceful, well-groomed, sterilized by Save the Dogs and identified by a colorful tag on the ear which is completely visible. The Mayor of Cernavoda wants to therefore show that they are capable of intervening in a situation of straying which in any case has already been reduced to the minimum through the work by our association.
As soon as we heard the news of what was happening on the streets, we took action to block the sterilizations and opened the doors of the shelter to all the dogs that we were able to take in. Although our structure is overcrowded, we cannot allow any of them to be released on the territory for a long time. Unfortunately, the action by the town administration is in perfect continuity with what has already happened in the past, when Save the Dogs brought to light the dog-pound situation of Costanza and took steps to report the company, Alfmob, who are commissioned to carry out the captures. The affair caused uproar both in Romanian public opinion as well as internationally and with regard to the issue, the Foreign Minister at the time Franco Frattini intervened in a determined manner.

In spite of the condemnations and stance, nothing seems to have changed since then and it appears that an average of 600 dogs are wiped out each month in that circle of hell, thanks to a complaisant doctor that declares that all the dogs are “incurably ill”.
In many occasions we have been able to notice that society’s mobilization can produce its results if seriously conducted and directed. For this, we ask you to pressure the Town of Cernavoda asking them to immediately end the captures (once again contracted out to Alfmob) and remind the administration of the city of Law 9/2008 which in fact, in Romania does not allow the killings. You can send your protests using the text that you can find HERE to the town emails: and or by fax 0040241239578 and 0040241487124.

Thanks for your help.

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Three months were needed of waiting and investigations to show what everyone knew for a very long time: the public dog pound in Costanza, managed by the company Alfmob srl, is nothing more than a big slaughterhouse for stray dogs. The images posted next to the dog pound, clearly show healthy animals injected in the thorax by someone looking like a veterinarian, placed in line on the ground dead and in a plastic bag. The bodies are then transported to an incinerator in a nearby region, an incinerator financed with European funds.

In the video material gathered by Save the Dogs, one can also see the captures in Cernavoda, the prohibited hygienic conditions in the Costanza dog pound and the large pincers (banned by the Romanian law – like the killing of healthy animals) used to seize the poor animals. Save the Dogs has sent a series of images to all the major Romanian television stations and the press, as well, the members of the local council of Cernavoda, asking to immediately interrupt their contract with Alfmob. Moreover, a legal action as been undertaken against the company and the vet who undertook the killings. To view the press release, click here.
In the photos, some images from the film, visible here below (the video is not recommended for sensitive people).

In order to contribute to the costs sustained by STD to carry out investigations and start a lawsuit against the Costanza company, please send your donation to our bank account, or by credit card, specifying as a reason for the transaction “Costanza Dog Pound”.

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