It happened in the city of Isai in northeastern Romania. Four puppies were found covered in burning hot tar.
Puppies were lying helpless in the middle of the street, and someone had left them there to die.
Thankfully, the good folks at The Sky Foundation for Animal Rights found about the poor puppies before it was too late.
They arrived at the animal clinic in critical condition and had to be put under anaesthetic while the tar was removed.
Two other cases of puppies being tarred have been discovered over the last month and Catalin Pavaliu, head of the ‘SKY Foundation For Animal Rights’, said: “We’re starting to think that there’s someone in the city who does these kinds of cruel acts on purpose.”
Vet Sorin Puiu, who had to anaesthetise the poor dogs to remove the tar, said: “The puppies were in a critical condition but they are now stable.
“One of them had a particularly tough time: he had his left eye, his nose and his mouth all covered in tar. We could really use some kind of animal police institution right now.”
People online have been quick to agree, with one saying: “It seems to me like this cruelty is going unnoticed.
“The law should be changed and animals should get protection.”
The puppies are currently at the clinic where they will stay under observation for at least a week. They will then be given up for adoption after having recovered from the attack.
Fortunately, all four pups are doing well. But sadly, this wasn’t the first time dogs had been tortured with hot tar in Romania.
The horrifying incident happened last summer. But what makes me even angrier about this story is that; the police officer assigned to the case admitted that he wasn’t going to waste his time investigating this crime.
Animal advocacy groups including The Sky Foundation are working to help abused and neglected animals in Romania.
According to Romanian law, animal torturers – if found guilty – can face from two months to a year in prison.
However, only one person has so far been convicted of that offence.
The convict in question, not named, received a suspended seven-month prison sentence for killing several dogs.
But they can’t do it alone. People need to learn that it’s not okay to harm animals. And the police need to let the public that they won’t tolerate animal abuse.
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