Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Rescued Romanian dogs brought to local shelter

Aren't there enough homeless dogs in the USA? Do we really need to import more? 12 dogs were rescued from a Romanian forest, where wolves and bears roam, and brought to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. Eight were still waiting to find new homes yesterday. The puppies had been loose in the Snagov Forest north of Bucharest, home of Vlad the Impaler, on whom the book “Dracula” was based. The actress Frances Conroy had visited the forest and noticed the stray dogs. She alerted a local rescue group, FPCC Romania, run by a British man named Robert Smith. Smith had the dogs sterilized before arranging to have Romania Animal Rescue of Livermore, Calif., take the dogs to the United States. Conroy paid for their care and travel. Including an escort, the travel bill was about $1,400.

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