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Mr Ovidiu Portariuc, Mayor of Botosani: collaborate with ADOR and implement a catch-neuter-return program

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This petition was started by Occupy for Animals on 4th of December, 2012. It is a joint action of Occupy for Animals and Million Actions for Animal Rights.

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On Monday, 19 November 2012, members of the animal protection organisation, ADOR, located in Botosani, had been called by several people who reported having seen as two vans slowly drove through the streets of Botosani and collected all dogs that they could find. They did not only catch straying dogs, but also owned dogs, stolen out of their family's garden, and small puppies who were separated from their mothers. Also dogs that had been sterilized by Ador, recognizable by their green round mark in the ear, had been brutally captured and thrown in the back of the vans.

ADOR reacted immediately and followed one of the vans that was heading in direction of Constanta, which is located 579 kms away from Botosani.

ADOR also informed the police, but received no support. But thanks to ADOR's many supporters from around the world, the message spread like wildfire over Facebook and after animals lovers from many countries informed the authorities and the Romanian media, the police finally stopped the van, after all.

More or less 70 dogs were packed in the van; one on top of each other - old and sick ones as well as puppies, sterilized dogs recognizable at the ear marks and owned dogs recognizable at their collars - all packed together in the van, huddling fearfully together in the far too small cargo space of the van, which had been converted into one large cage.

The poor dogs were scared and exhausted, fearing for their lives, because they had been left without food nor water, and had not enough air to breathe, for several hours driving.

The driver of the van explained that they had received order to catch dogs in Botosani and to bring them to the shelter in Constanta.

After long discussions and negotiations, the van was sent back to Botosani and the dogs brought to the local public shelter, that was already hopelessly overcrowded. This shelter is known by locals and animal activists as a 'death camp'.

The Mayor of Botosani, Ovidiu Portariuc, later claimed this to be a pilot project and that the dog hunting company from Constanta, named SC Puppy Vet SRL (formerly Alfmob), has received order from the municipality to catch dogs, to bring them out of the city, to Constanta (579 kms away), to house them in the local public shelter of Constanta and to find homes for them.

But, this plan is not showing the true motivation of the mayor's actions!

To make a good impression, to look like a nice guy in front of the locals and the media, the mayor said that he was open to discuss another solution to the stray dogs issue, and that ADOR should present him a better solution within one week, or he would resume his 'pilot project' and the dogs would be brought to Constanta as planned and that he would not accept any 'fantasy proposals'.

On Wednesday, 28th of November, 2012 the one week delay granted by the mayor ended and the two parties (mayor and ADOR) met to discuss the next steps to be taken in order to solve the stray dogs issue in Botosani.

ADOR handed the petition started by our friends from Million Actions for Animal Rights over to the mayor, together with their draft contract assuming some responsibility in helping to solve the stray animals issue.

Finally, the two sides have agreed that, after having studied the proposed contract from ADOR, to have a further meeting next week.

By signing our petition, the message that you can read below will be sent to the mayor of Botosani,

a copy will go to:

The Council of Europe
The European Commission
OLAF, the European Anti-Fraud Office
Romanian Constitutional Court
Mr Erler, European Parliament's Intergroup on the Welfare and Conversation of Animals
Mrs Erminia Mazzoni, Chair of the Committee on Petitions at the European Parliament

We thank you in advance, for your signature and for speaking up for the Botosani-dogs.


P.S. if you have not done so yet, please sign also the petition started by Million Actions for Animals Rights, here:

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