Norfolk animal sanctuary’s plea for dog lovers to give a Romanian orphan dogs a new home

At Brookvale Boarding Kennels is Fred a Romanian orphan dog who is in need of a new home. Picture: Ian Burt At Brookvale Boarding Kennels is Fred a Romanian orphan dog who is in need of a new home. Picture: Ian Burt

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
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Great efforts are being made to save thousands of Romanian ‘orphan’ dogs from a brutal death – and now, one Norfolk animal sanctuary is calling on the kindness of dog lovers across the county to give these four-legged friends a new home.

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Fred shows his playful side as he chases a ball. Picture: Ian BurtFred shows his playful side as he chases a ball. Picture: Ian Burt

Some 60,000 stray dogs are believed to be at risk of being clubbed, stabbed, poisoned and starved to death in a bid to cut down their population in the eastern European country.

According to reports, Romania has European funding to sterilise, neuter and euthanise the strays humanely but, following a government ruling to remove tens of thousands of stray dogs from the streets of Bucharest, more brutal methods are being used to exterminate them.

There are people in Romania trying to save the dogs and are transporting them to Germany, other European countries and to the United States of America.

George and Christine Rockingham, who run the Pact Animal Sanctuary in Wood Rising, near Dereham, discovered what had been happening and have been taking steps to help save some of them.

Mo Sammonds at Brookvale Boarding Kennels with Clay a Romanian orphan dog who is in need of a new home. Picture: Ian BurtMo Sammonds at Brookvale Boarding Kennels with Clay a Romanian orphan dog who is in need of a new home. Picture: Ian Burt

As their animal sanctuary is full, the poor creatures have been kept in boarding kennels, hired by Pact and which cost thousands of pounds.

A fundraising event to help look after the Romanian dogs will be held next month.

Mr Rockingham said: “Britain is supposed to be a nation of dog lovers; it doesn’t say we only love dogs in Britain. About 40,000 dogs are put down in Britain every year but they are being killed humanely and are given a chance.

“Romania has the money to put them down or neuter them but they’re brutally killing them and are pocketing the money.

Mo Sammonds gives some fuss to Clay. Picture: Ian BurtMo Sammonds gives some fuss to Clay. Picture: Ian Burt

“If that doesn’t strike a chord with a dog lover in this country then something is wrong.”

Mr Rockingham said they had taken in 12 dogs, all of which are mongrels, since February.

He said one of the dogs in their care, an 18 month old, was doused with lighter fuel and burnt.

Those currently in their care include Angelo, who is six and described as a real beauty who has lots of confidence, is friendly and wants to please; Clay, four, a friendly, gentle boy, but a little food aggressive; Fred, four, a bouncy boy, kind and intelligent who wants to love and to please; and Mara and her brother Toro, who are described as gorgeous, friendly and playful dogs.

Mr Rockingham said they had created a separate fund to support the Romanian dogs which was kept separate from money raised for dogs in need of care in the UK.

It is hoped between £3,000 and £4,000 will be raised at their charity auction and raffle on Sunday, February 16. The event will be held at the Brook Hotel in Dereham Road, Norwich, at 2pm. There will be about 300 lots up for auction.

“As animal lovers, it would break our hearts to see lovely dogs that were just dying in front of our eyes,” said Mrs Rockingham.

“We followed our hearts and decided to join the fight, and help Pact raise much-needed money for these poor dogs to bring as many as we can to the UK to be homed and loved here.”

To give your support or to give one of the dogs a new home, contact Pact Animal Sanctuary on 01362 820775 or go to www.pactsanctuary.org.

People are also being urged to write letters to their MEP.

22 comments

  • How on earth are these dogs entering the country? I thought we had strict controls to prevent rabies. There are plenty of UK dogs in need of a decent home without trawling Europe. Sadly the RSPCA put hundreds down every month.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • This is why the EDP carried the article about the spending on cycling tags and then seemed surprised when the project was not welcomed by readers. Because the newspaper has the mind set which consistently carries articles like this. If no one at the EDP can see the folly of this animal sanctuary's project and carries such a sympathetic article, then there is not much common sense floating around. One has been struck by a seeming lack of restraint or insight in some reporting of animal welfare issues raised by private organisations against third parties .

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Ridiculous idea to bring dogs of an unknown background into the country and then expect us to look after them, they would do better donating them to Huntingdon life sciences where they do valuable work into cures for cancers etc

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    blister

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Is it April 1st already ? This old chestnut of a story was floated about 12 months ago. Animal sanctuary advertises for homes wanted for stray dogs, and they get no response; Advertise the dogs as having come from Roamania and suddenly funds and offers flood in. Its a con, and anyone falling for this needs to seek mental help. Do these dogs bark in Romanian ? Do they heck, so who knows where they come from. Funny thing that a human romanian could not get to the uk until last week, but apparently rabid digs could ???

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    pubmandave

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • JEN-Frettenham could = Hillside which some observers report to be just a tad too close to the Animal Liberation Front for comfort. Another good reason for the editor to keep an eye on his animal loving reporters when they are handed press releases.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • I see the last line in the story is "People are also being urged to write letters to their MEP." I suggest a lot of letters should be written. Where is the logic in bringing in animals of an unknown background from a foreign country when there are dozens of decent UK dogs being put to sleep by the RSPCA every day? Where will it stop? The stray cats of Europe next?

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    Michael Clintergate

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • I heard last year that an animal sanctuary near Frettenham, went to Romania and brought 20 back into the country.

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    JEN

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Turn a blind eye eh? Not our problem, so let the suffering go on. Happy New Year to all you compassionate "souls" out there!

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    yellow fella

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Goldview, you obviously have a blinkered view, should we totally ignore all the children in this country who need families or care and import other countries children? NO.. get your own house in order first. This loop hole in the law, assuming that is what it is, should be closed down now, that is what the EDP should be campaigning for, not seeking support for this ludicrous idea of importing potentially dangerous animals. Are people like you just ignoring all the problems on our own doorstep? Let the Romanians sort out their dog problem without any interference from us. This so called rescue centre should be shut down until they stop this stupidity.

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    Mr T

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • It seems to me that this newspaper is little more than a notice board printing, perhaps, ready made articles from the 'great and the good' with the only attempt at analysis coming from it's readers.

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    Joyce

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Ridiculous idea to bring dogs of an unknown background into the country and then expect us to look after them, they would do better donating them to Huntingdon life sciences where they do valuable work into cures for cancers etc

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    blister

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • The EDP would be far better running a campaign to stop the influx of these dogs. We are overrun with animals as it is and we certainly don't need anymore. Let Romanians keep them and do what they want with them. Why are we suddenly turning into a dumping ground for all of the EU strays. This should be stopped now before it gets out of hand, or have we got to wait for one of the unknown background animals to tear another child apart?

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    Mr T

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Barking mad idea. What next...the strays of Russia?

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    Michael Clintergate

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • There are far to many dogs kept as pets in the UK, ownership should really be reserved to the police and working dogs on farms and of course as guide dogs, sadly there has even been attacks on guide dogs by uncontrolled dogs off their leads

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    blister

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Well said yellow fella and Goldview. I can't believe some of the comments made on here, I can't believe people can be so venomous to animals who have done them no harm. Shame on you.

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    smithy

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • And one of the animal rightists comes out of the woodwork. This is not turning a blind eye it is looking at things with a rational and sensible viewpoint . Russia and some EU states are known to have a problem with feral and abandoned dogs- a product of irresponsible breeding and ownership. Since this country verges on having the same problem because the RSPCA dares not come down on the side of compulsory licensing we certainly do not need more dogs. In my opinion some so called animal loving often goes hand in hand with ignorance, anthropomorphization of an animals needs and behaviour in the minds of owners and a decided lack of inexpertised in animal care.Being an animal lover is no guarantee of looking after them properly. I do not refer to PACT but politically and idealogically driven activists are known to hide behind the skirts of innocent welfare organisations and several of these seem to have the ear of the EDP. The EDP gives the impression of being quick to carry a press release from such organisations but not so eager to give equal prominence to reports when no wrong doing is proven. Is this down to editorial control?

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Dogs have no place in a civilised country they are the cause of far to many deaths in the UK not to mention the mess they make

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    blister

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Crazy idea. Our animal shelters have more than enough UK dogs to rehome that they can find homes for. We are not the worlds policeman and sooner people realise that other cultures have different standards to us, the better.

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    DaveG

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • No problem, let them all in, give them a kennel each, free tins of chum and free vet bills. No problem. Mr & Mrs Smith the tax payer will pay for it.

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    Bruce87

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Crazy idea. We have enough homeless dogs already. A neighbour of mine disagrees and has been to see one of these Romanian dogs with a view to re homing it. It was decided that the dog was not suitable for re homing as it could not be let off the lead on a walk as it was aggressive as it was a pack animal. I am guessing most of these dogs run in packs and would therefore have similar problems.

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    samphirelover

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • What a load of sanctimonious comments on here. We have a humane society, one that we should be proud of. Were you standing in Romania watching someone cruelly beat a dog to deat, would you not intervene or think it was wrong. You put your blinkers on if you want to, I choose to work towards a kinder world. As for sending these animals to Huntington Life Sciences - who are you to value your life over the life of any other creature. You donate yourself to be tested on for the benefit of others please.

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    Goldview

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Crazy idea. We have enough homeless dogs already. A neighbour of mine disagrees and has been to see one of these Romanian dogs with a view to re homing it. It was decided that the dog was not suitable for re homing as it could not be let off the lead on a walk as it was aggressive as it was a pack animal. I am guessing most of these dogs run in packs and would therefore have similar problems.

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    samphirelover

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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