A little child of 4 years old was left unsupervised by his grandma for 45 minutes during their stroll in a park in Bucharest. Many things could have gone bad for a 4 year old baby left unsupervised for as long as 45 minutes. He could have been targetted by a pedophile; he could have fallen into an open sewer; he could have walked into traffic; he could have been kidnapped for the black market, for adoptions, child sex trade or for organs. Unfortunately, the little child wandered off with his 6-year old brother outside the park, into an abandoned courtyard guarded by homeless dogs acting as guard dogs of the premises. It's heartbreaking to say that the poor child was savagely attacked and killed by the pack of dogs, dogs I highly suspect of predatorial aggression; dogs that should by no means have been in the streets. According to the autopsy report, the baby's body had hundreds of bite marks, many targetted to the head and neck. I really really suspect not just territorial aggression from the dogs; I suspect full blown predatory aggression. A fairly rare form of aggression, but an extremely dangerous one. Such dogs should by no means have been left in the streets. Both humans and other dogs (it is my strong convinction that most homeless dogs are harmless and are not a threat to people) are seriously at risk when such predatorial aggressive dogs (even very few) are in the streets.
Now, the drama unfolds to unprecedented consequences... Since Monday when the dramatic incident happened, the media and authorities have inflicted a general state of hysteria in the general public. That's all you see on TV: the drama of the little baby savagely killed by ruthless homeless dogs. There is a general state of hysteria in the audience. In 2 days, the local Bucov shelter reported 1,000 phone calls from Ploiesti residents asking Bucov to come take the homeless dogs from their neighborhoods. We walk our own dogs on leash, and you see people panicking when they see your leashed dogs. I just received a phone call from a friend of mine and big animal lover who was crying: in her neighborhood, about 20 men (excuse me, Neanderthalians) were chasing with clubs a female dog reported to have biten (the biting part was unsure, some said she did, others said she did not, but what mattered was the 20 hysterical gorillas chasing her with clubs and set to kill her).
On Monday, our very own president, known to have been responsible for the atrocious killing (NOT humane euthanasia) of hundreds of thousands of homeless dogs in the past, talked against sterilizations and urged politicians to do an emergency vote for mass dog killing in Romania.
All of a sudden, because of a few seriously aggressive dogs that should by no means have been in the streets, 3 million homeless dogs are about to lose their lives; of which the vast majority is harmless and would not pose a threat to people and children. But during these times of mass hysteria, there is no place left for reasoning.
During these terrible times, no one asked the most intelligent question: why do stray dogs exist in first place? - they exist because people abandoned them as pups or as pregnant adults in the streets. By all means, a human created problem for which the victims (the dogs) are being held accountable today. It's never the human to blame...
More than ever, we are dead set on sterilizing more and more, in order to prevent more innocents from being born to a life of suffering in a country that wants to kill them anyway. With this occasion, I want to thank OIPA for kindly donating our organization a whooping 1,000 EURO that will help towards 50 more sterilizations. Especially in these super hard times, we simply cannot allow any more innocents to be born to suffer and die in torture. This time, it is THAT BAD.
If you wish to help...
- you can donate towards more desperately needed sterilizations. One sterilization costs 21 euro, but it can prevent huge suffering of innocents that did not ask to be born. Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, bank account info is listed on the right side of our blog.
- you can foster or adopt a homeless dog and save him from a terribly gloomy and uncertain future here in Romania. Please have a look at our adoption page or write to us for more info about other dogs. At the moment, many dogs under our care are not listed on this blog because they are still in the streets, and we could harm them by making them public
- Please see if there is any event in your area (like a protest or brainstorming meeting) for the future of the homeless dogs of Romania. We get news that such protests are going to be in several countries, including in Netherlands in the Zwolle area. If you could get involved it would be super!
Please stay tuned!