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Lucky Shah – The Little Shepherd with Nine Lives

On World Stray Animals Day (4th of April), FOUR PAWS calls to support online protest ‘SOS Romania’ for a humane solution for Romanian stray dogs.

Little Shah was only four months old when he found out what humans are capable of; the little shepherd was thrown over a four meter fence by his irresponsible owner who wanted to get rid of him. The harsh landing was very painful and left him with a disability to his back paws. Fortunately, he could be brought to the FOUR PAWS clinic in Bucharest, where the vets were able to give him a first treatment. However, a peaceful recovery was still not in sight; on 21st March, the Bucharest city hall catchers abusively broke the post-operating paddocks of the VIER PFOTEN clinic in 6th District of Bucharest and illegally took eighteen dogs from inside. Shah was incredibly lucky to encounter an animal lover who managed to rescue him and a few other dogs from the brutal clubs of the catchers.

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“The little shepherd suffers from semi-paralysis of his back paws because of the violent hit on his spine. He wouldn’t have any chance of survival if caught by the city hall catchers. Several dogs died on the spot because of the brutal handling,” explains Anca Tomescu, head of Stray Animal Care team. This week, Shah was taken to a bones specialist at Ortovet clinic in Bucharest where he will be subdued to a detailed medical investigation. After his recovery, the FOUR PAWS team will look for a new home for Shah who, in spite of his bad experiences, is still trustful in people.

© FOUR PAWS | Livia Cimpoeru

Shah is not an isolated case. Over the recent months, FOUR PAWS has published several cases of maliciously abused dogs. “Today, on World Stray Animals Day, we again want to draw attention to the uncertain fate concerning hundreds of thousands of stray dogs in Romania. They do not only lead miserable lives on the streets, they are also exposed to hostile and violent civilians and authorities,” stresses Gabriel Paun, Director of Campaigns at FOUR PAWS. “We ask all dog lovers to support our protest on We will continue to do our utmost to stop the abuse and killing of the strays in this country and help to employ a sustainable solution for both humans and strays.”

Until now, more than 45,000 have signed the FOUR PAWS online protest, among them are German rock band ‘Donots’, German actors Thimothy Pietsch, Martin Semmelroggeand Jumbo Schreiner, Canadian actor Roger Cross, German actresses Katerina Jacob, Anja Kruse, Nicola Tiggeler and Ellen Schwiers and Austrian comedian Andrea Händler.