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Lucky Shah – The Little Shepherd With Nine Lives


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The Sad Fate of a Dog

Lucky Shah was only four months old when he found out what humans are capable of -- the little shepherd was thrown over a 13- foot fence by his owner who wanted to get rid of him. The pup was left with serious injuries to both of his back paws. Fortunately, he was brought to a FOUR PAWS clinic, which was located adjoining a Bucharest, Romania animal shelter. There, FOUR PAWS veterinarians treated Shah for his injuries. 


However, during what was supposed to be a peaceful recovery period, Shah was faced with yet another taste of mal humankind – as he was among several stray dogs who fell victim to a (March 21) incident, where city dog catchers (following direct order from their Government officials) broke into the animal shelter, illegally and inhumanely, forcefully taking eighteen dogs, including Shah and a few others who were recuperating under FOUR PAWS’ veterinary care.

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Lucky Under the Circumstances

Shah was incredibly lucky, as he encountered an animal lover who managed to rescue him (again) from the brutal grasps of the dog catchers.


“The little shepherd suffers from semi-paralysis of his back paws because of the violent blow to his spine from when he was thrown over the wall by his owner. He wouldn’t have any chance of survival had he been caught by the City Hall dog catchers. Several dogs died on the spot as a result of the brutal handling by these dog catchers,” explains Anca Tomescu, Head of the Stray Animal Care Team. 

This week, Shah was taken to a bone specialist at Ortovet clinic in Bucharest, where he is undergoing a thorough medical examination. Following his recovery, the FOUR PAWS team will look for a new home for Shah -- who, in spite of his bad experiences with humans, has still managed to find some trust in them. 

World Stray Animals Day

Shah is not an isolated case. Over recent months, FOUR PAWS has uncovered several cases of maliciously abused dogs.                                                                                                                                                               


“Yesterday, on World Stray Animals Day, we want to again draw attention to the uncertain fate concerning hundreds of thousands of stray dogs in Romania. Not only do these dogs lead miserable lives on the streets, but they are also exposed to hostile and violent civilians and authorities,” stresses Gabriel Paun, Director of Campaigns at FOUR PAWS. “We are asking all dog lovers across the world to support our protest on


We will continue to do our utmost to stop the abuse and killing of dogs in this country and help to employ a sustainable solution for both humans and strays.”

So far, over 45,000 individuals and organizations have signed the FOUR PAWS online protest. 


FOUR PAWS’ Stray Animal Care Project has saved thousands of animals from government-sanctioned nuisance killing over the past 20 years, as it upholds its’ global mission, More Humanity Towards Animals.


FOUR PAWS is an International organization with offices in 13 countries, recently establishing an office in the U.S. in Boston, MA.

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