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Massacre in FOUR PAWS clinic in Bucharest


Last Friday, 21 March 2014, several dog catchers of the local authority for stray dogs management ASPA abused and illegally took 18 dogs treated by the international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS. They broke the lock of the entrance, took the dogs and vandalized the post-operation paddocks of FOUR PAWS veterinary clinic in 6th District of Bucharest. FOUR PAWS sharply condemns the illegal and cruel action ordered by the City Hall of Bucharest and perpetrated by the ASPA.

The dogs under treatment were captured by the city hall catchers applying extremely brutal methods (see video below) and were taken to the public shelter of Bragadiru near Bucharest. The abusive action was directed not only against the FOUR PAWS paddocks but also against the shelter in which the clinic is situated. Around 75 dogs were brutally taken out from there by the catchers. According to several eye witnesses, at least four dogs died on the spot because of the brutal handling. The public shelter’s administration refuses to give back the dogs, breaking several articles of the new law of stray dogs management.


“The lethal action of ASPA has no meaning“, explains Gabriel Paun, Director of Campaigns at FOUR PAWS. „These dogs were rescued by us from terrible conditions and our teams brought them back to life. They were to be adopted. The dog catchers killed some, they injured others. We’ll do our best to rescue again those who survived the massacre and we hope to find loving families for them”.


Watch the video


Update 25.03.2014: Yesterday afternoon the administration of the shelter Bragadiru near Bucharest returned to the international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS 17 of the 18 dogs abused and stolen by the authority for stray dogs management ASPA. Several members of the organisation waited for many hours in front of the shelter accompanied by media and reclaimed their dogs.

The dogs are extremely scared and some of them show traces of brute force on their bodies. One female dog is missing and nobody knows her whereabouts. Most of the other dogs from the vandalized shelter in which the FOUR PAWS clinic is situated were also returned. Eight of the dogs were killed because of the brutal methods of the dog catchers.