Through our RSDP projects, we try to sterilize as many animals as possible, and educate as many people as possible against abandonment. So no more pups would be born to be abandoned and end up at the local Bucov pound.
The following images taken at the Bucov pound throughout the years speak for themselves.
Warning, graphic images!
I've debated with myself whether to post these pictures or not on this blog. But given that this blog is intended to provide information about the homeless dogs of Ploiesti, these pictures belong here. They represent the truth. According to the shelter administration itself, half of the dogs brought there do not survive their first year in the shelter, succumbing to death by "natural causes" as you will see in the following images. With dozens of dogs sharing an enclosure, many not neutered, not enough food, many dogs unfortunately pay the price. It's hard to see, but it's the truth. A disturbingly recent truth.
Killed by other dogs
Found by a volunteer in the shelter, emaciated and barely alive
Prepped for adoption but injured by aggressive dogs from the enclosure he was placed in. Initially rescued and cared for, he was then forgotten by shelter workers for 6 DAYS in a hot kennel with no ventilation, in the middle of summer, no food nor water, nor anyone to care for his wounds.
By the time a volunteer found him, he was more dead than alive, with rotten flesh on him. He was discovered and rushed to a vet too late.
A dieing dog in a large enclosure, not getting any attention from shelter staff or on site vet
A dog very likely ill or in pain in the middle of dozens of other dogs, being unnoticed by shelter employees
Yet another dog that sustained injuries from other aggressive dogs in her enclosure. That's what was left of her tail and bottom when volunteers saved her from the attack.
That's a severely matted dog getting a haircut from a visiting volunteer. Yes, there really is a dog in there.
Food being thrown among feces in the enclosures
Dogs having to improvise in order to keep themselves cool in very hot weather
Dogs often don't have any water provided, even on scorching summer weather with unbearable temperatures. The water bowl is empty.
Many enclosures, always severely crowded
Overall, not exactly good animal welfare
At Bucov pound, I doubt animals are seen as sentient beings.
Since summer 2012 the Ploiesti city administration and Bucov pound administration have changed. We salute any changes for the better that the new administration will implement to improve welfare standards at the Bucov pound.
Until real serious changes do happen, until EU animal welfare standards are implemented here, the RSDP fights so no more dogs would be born to be abandoned and end up at the Bucov pound.