The Angels vowing to save Romania´s stray dogs


The angels vowing to save Romania‘s stray dogs

DUMPED in a rusting skip and left to rot in the sun, two dogs are a pitiful symbol of Romania’s animal welfare nightmare.

Published: Sun, September 29, 2013

k-9-welfare-campaigners-Pola-left-Anneka-and-Victoria-PH-         k-9 welfare campaigners Pola, left, Anneka and Victoria [PH]
What horrors they suffered before they were killed can only be imagined as the country wages warfare on unwanted strays.Their tragedy is repeated across Bucharest, Romania’s capital, where an estimated 64,000 homeless dogs roam, a legacy of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s vanity.At the height of his power, the communist despot bulldozed swathes of the city to build his grandiose palace, forcibly relocating thousands of families into smaller homes.The result was huge numbers of abandoned pets and guard dogs thrown on to the streets.Almost 25 years after his downfall, packs still roam the city and across the country more than three million dogs are at large.

In recent years there had been fatal attacks on a 68-year-old Japanese businessman and a woman in her 50s but the death of a four-year-old boy earlier this month in the jaws of a stray caused a huge public backlash. Last week the country’s top court ruled in favour of a controversial law to destroy thousands of dogs.

Pitched against the animal slaughter is an outspoken animal welfare lobby, claiming that dogs are being wiped out as “mob culture” takes grip.

“We are now receiving information about civilians taking to the streets in true mob-culture mentality, beating to death any dog they find, poisoning it, shooting it,” said Pola Pospieszalska, one of the three K-9 Angels campaigning against the extermination programme.

The British-based animal welfare charity is led by singer Pola along with wildlife TV presenter and conservationist Anneka Svenska and former model and Big Brother contestant Victoria Eisermann.

The charity has launched an online petition calling on the EU to intervene, detailing horrific ways in which dogs are being destroyed.

The petition says: “Public funds were allocated to local authorities in Romania for humane solutions to the stray dog problem including spay/neuter programmes but these were never implemented. The money disappeared and animals are dealt with in a most cruel way instead.

“The reports in the Romanian media and true witness accounts state these cheap and effective euthanasia methods: beating to death, clubbing, injecting paint thinner or other cheap toxin into the lungs, burning, drowning and poisoning with substances including anti-freeze.”

The K-9 Angels say: “Romania now has some three million strays and not one comprehensive strategy for dealing with them.

 Shocking scenes like this of dead dogs lying in skips are far too common in Romania [PH]

            Romania now has some three million strays and not one comprehensive strategy for dealing with them

The K-9 Angels

“Funds are provided to humanely euthanase and neuter these dogs but Romania’s corrupt system pockets the money and does not deliver the service.”The Romanian president has spoken on TV asking for emergency powers to overrule the law that currently protects healthy dogs from euthanasia.”He is calling for a mass killing spree to put a quick end to the stray dog problem.“We are now receiving information about civilians taking to the streets. This is no doubt fuelled by the frenzied media showing propaganda footage of dogs eating raw meat and gnawing on bones, the suggestion being this is human flesh and these dogs are ferocious beasts that rule the streets.“We have been to Romania many times to tend to street dogs. They are either petrified of humans or friendly and devastatingly pet-like. A dog attack is tremendously rare.”

Four Paws, another British-based animal welfare organisation, says the new law ignores the European Commission pledge to respect international treaties on animal welfare.

Gabriel Paun, director of campaigns at Four Paws International, added: “There are not enough words to express our disappointment over this decision. We call on people who care to save as many dogs as possible from the streets by adopting them.”

Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta said: “You cannot postpone a decision between a kid’s life and a dog’s life. It is clear the decision should be to protect people.”

But he said he hoped officials would look at adoption or finding shelter for the dogs first and only kill them “very rarely”.

For more information about the group and their mission please visit k-9angels.org

Read whole article here, please:  http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/433064/The-angels-vowing-to-save-Romania-s-stray-dogs

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