You see them everywhere; wandering the back country roads, or hiding under cars, or in alleys. They are the stray cats and dogs, desperately trying to eek out a living with no family to love them, no warm bed to sleep in, no shelter from the cold or heat, no regular food to eat and no love. Some humans will try to give them food while others will call Animal Control to pick them up. Once picked up, their fate is sealed. If they aren’t adopted, they are killed. In the United States, euthanasia is by lethal injection, horrible gas chambers or a “heart stick”, where the drug is injected directly into the heart of the living animal. No method is perfect and many are downright horrible.
It’s hard to believe, but in Romania, the life described above would be almost idyllic for a stray dog. In Romania, the lives of strays are one of constant fear, starvation, torture and brutal death at the hands of humans. For years these innocent animals have been subjected to having rocks thrown at them, being shot, being run down by cars and left on the roads, having battery acid poured over them and left to suffer in agony. It’s even harder to believe that things are now going to be worse for these dogs.
One of the first animal-related videos this writer watched was at You Tube, created by Mary Alice Pollard of Cornwall’s Voice for Animals (CVFA) with music entitled “Abandoned in Romania”, written by Maria Daines, a singer/songwriter who writes amazing music for animals everywhere. Mary Alice Pollard is a passionate advocate for all animals, and has been doing whatever she can to raise awareness about the plight of the Romanian strays. Maria Daines is a singer/songwriter who writes amazing music for animals everywhere. The images in the video and the lyrics rip at the heart because these innocent dogs have done no wrong, other than the crime of being born.
It appears that unscrupulous humans in Romania have been making a profit off of the misery and death of these innocent strays. Money is doled out to the “shelters” to spay/neuter/release the strays. They receive money for housing, food and veterinary care. But these monsters disguised as humans have learned that if they don’t spay and neuter the strays (but on paper say they did), they will reproduce at will. That means more dogs and cats on the streets to be picked up, which in turn means even more money coming in. But sinking even lower, these humans have come to realize that if they don’t feed the strays in their care (but on paper document that they do), and if they use cheap poisons, bullets or clubs to kill them instead of euthanasia drugs (but again on paper say they use it), they can pocket the extra money for themselves. This vicious cycle has created what can only be described as houses of horror at the so-called shelters for these innocent animals.
But wait, the nightmare gets far, far worse.
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