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Last minute rescue mission saves dog from squalid sewer


Happy Ending for Valentina


March 14, 2014 - The young female dog recently rescued from a sewer shaft near the Romanian capital Bucharest has been adopted by a loving family in Austria. The Speranta animal shelter, which is supported by FOUR PAWS, took Valentina in and cared for her after her misfortune.


We’re very glad that Valentina can now settle down after this traumatic experience. Her owners, a young couple with a small daughter, offer Valentina the right conditions for a very good life. We certainly have the feeling that they take their responsibility very seriously.

© Roman Fuhrich

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Another tragic dog abuse case in Romania

Near Romania’s capital, Bucharest, a young female dog was discovered in a sewer, where her abuser had attached a bag filled with rocks around her neck using wire. Over the last few weeks FOUR PAWS has been inundated with public reports that stray dogs have been savagely killed.

© Relu Deliu | Speranta Foundation

Valentina got lucky

In this particular case, an animal abuser had attached a sack filled with stones to the dogs neck with wire and threw her into a deep sewer. The dog was left there alone and helpless for a whole week. However, she got lucky and was helped by a local passer-by who spotted her, threw some food into the sewer and contacted the animal shelter Speranta for help. Employees from  FOUR PAWS’s supported shelter Speranta were able to rescue the dog from her terrible situation and provided immediate medical treatment.


Anca Tomescu, Head of Stray Animal Care Romania said: “The poor dog was severely dehydrated. She was only able to survive due to her young age – she was really rescued in the last minute.” The dog has been brought to the shelter, where she is safe and waiting to be adopted by a new owner. Anca Tomescu continued: “We named her Valentina, meaning “the strong one”. Despite her traumatic experience she is  very friendly towards humans.”

She is not an isolated case

At the end of last year FOUR PAWS published the case of another maliciously abused dog called Grivita who was attacked by an anonymous person who’d smashed her jaw into pieces with a heavy object and almost destroyed it. The international animal welfare organization is once again calling on the police and animal protection authorities to take decisive action against these offenses.

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