An incident that happened last summer in eastern Romania serves as a good reminder that people need to speak up and act for those who can’t defend themselves, whether they’re children, the elderly, or animals.
On a sweltering day in Iasi, the largest city in eastern Romania, someone poured fresh tar left over from a construction site onto four puppies. Then, this cruel person left them to suffer in the middle of the road. Two of the puppies had tar covering 80 percent of their bodies.
They were all discovered on a country road, left to die by what officials believe is someone who enjoys torturing animals.
Volunteers with the UK-based Paws2Rescue group discovered the puppies. The poor babies were in critical condition when they arrived at the vet’s office.
Veterinarian Sorin Puiu had to anesthetize the pups in order to remove the tar, then kept them there for observation for one week.
“We could really use some kind of animal police institution right now,” he said.
Thankfully, the puppies are doing much better now, and have returned to their playful little selves.
Stray dogs have become an increasingly bigger problem in the streets of Romania since the 1980s when more and more residents took to apartment living and abandoned their pets.
“During our 9 years of existence, it was a real struggle to find good stewards for the shelter because they did not understand why a dog should be fed and cared for when he is sick, why it should have a shelter against the rain, snow, cold,” Sky Foundation explains on its Facebook page.
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