Epsom and Sutton dog lovers form charity to rescue strays from "kill camps" in Romania

Sutton Guardian: Jennifer Gilbert and Lisa Webster with their own dogs in the UK Jennifer Gilbert and Lisa Webster with their own dogs in the UK

A trio of animal lovers are forming a charity to rescue stray dogs from terrible conditions at "kill camps" in Romania.

Last month the Bucharest Court of Appeal suspended the law that says stray dogs should be killed within a fortnight of capture, but the UK women say the slaughter continues.

Jennifer Gilbert, from West Hill, Epsom, and Lisa Webster, from Sherwood Park Road, Sutton, went out to save dogs from a filthy shelter near Bucharest earlier this year.

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Rescue work near Bucharest

Together with Rachael Welch, who helped with fundraising, they brought over a lorry-load of these dogs and have managed to rehome them.

Now the woman have applied to register a charity, UK Romanian Dog Rescue, in order to save lots more dogs from public shelters before their execution.

Miss Webster said: "We are going to be doing this forever I imagine. It’s become such a huge part of our lives.

"It’s heartbreaking, there are so many dogs out there who are so desperate."

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The first batch of dogs that left Romania

Their first mission is to bring over the rest of the dogs who they rescued but had to leave behind earlier this year.

Five dogs arrived the weekend before last, three dogs arrived at the weekend before last and three more on Saturday.

In addition, Miss Webster said: "There are another 15 dogs we are still fighting for. As soon as we can find homes we will be bringing them over."

She appealed for people to come forward to give loving homes to these dogs. She added: "It’s difficult to sleep knowing that they are out there."

Last month animal welfare organisation Four Paws said the Court of Appeal had ruled in their favour to suspend the legal framework that allows stray dogs to be killed.

The law came into force in October after an incident in which a little boy was fatally mauled by dogs.

Gabriel Paun, director of campaigns at Four Paws, said: "The court’s decision to suspend the killing is a clear, independent signal that the law has not worked.

"We are delighted with the court’s decision and will now continue with our final goal of abolishing this law completely."

But Miss Webster said the killing has not stopped. She said: "They are still being slaughtered in really horrible ways. It is a step forward but I don’t think in the short-term it has changed anything"

Miss Gilbert said: "People ask why we are not helping the UK dogs, the UK dogs live in five star shelters compared to Romanian, they are treated humanely and if euthanized it’s done humanely and not with a shovel to the head.

"Our future plan is not to just bring dogs back, but to start education and trying to change the law so we can implement neuter programs."

To offer donations, assistance or adopt one of the dogs please email liswebster@gmail.com or jenngilbert1977@gmail.com.

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1:32pm Mon 14 Jul 14

EpsomAndEwell says...

The UK strays may live in decent shelters but wont they end up being put down if all the homes are being taken by foreign dogs? Surely there are too many here already.
The UK strays may live in decent shelters but wont they end up being put down if all the homes are being taken by foreign dogs? Surely there are too many here already. EpsomAndEwell
  • Score: 15

1:43pm Mon 14 Jul 14

trasie says...

Our own shelters are full to the brim. I understand that these people only want to help the dogs but we have enough mistreated dogs here. Why are they not doing more to help our own.
Our own shelters are full to the brim. I understand that these people only want to help the dogs but we have enough mistreated dogs here. Why are they not doing more to help our own. trasie
  • Score: 15

4:30pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Noddyblanket says...

Good luck to them and all the dogs they help. Loads of people in this country help dogs and not so many where they are. A animal in need is a animal in need no matter where they are from. I imagine they are also working to educate and change the way things are done there, just like NOWZAD do in Afghanistan and English led Greek and Turkish animal rescues.
Good luck to them and all the dogs they help. Loads of people in this country help dogs and not so many where they are. A animal in need is a animal in need no matter where they are from. I imagine they are also working to educate and change the way things are done there, just like NOWZAD do in Afghanistan and English led Greek and Turkish animal rescues. Noddyblanket
  • Score: -6

9:22am Tue 15 Jul 14

cfc241974 says...

This is a disgrace,what do these women think their playing at.What they after,a medal,a blue-peter badge.our dogs homes here in this country are packed to the rafters,dogs on death row through no fault of their own.These women should buy a one way ticket to Romania if they are that worried about it. poxy dogooders of this country where do they get off,bringing lorry loads of dogs from Romania,HOW CAN THAT BE ALLOWED,this should be stopped.
This is a disgrace,what do these women think their playing at.What they after,a medal,a blue-peter badge.our dogs homes here in this country are packed to the rafters,dogs on death row through no fault of their own.These women should buy a one way ticket to Romania if they are that worried about it. poxy dogooders of this country where do they get off,bringing lorry loads of dogs from Romania,HOW CAN THAT BE ALLOWED,this should be stopped. cfc241974
  • Score: -1

2:59pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Suttonlady82 says...

I can't believe some of the comments on here, how selfish can people get? These are innocent dogs being bludgeoned to death for the pure fact of being born in the wrong country, I'm sorry but that does not happen in the UK to homeless UK dogs. Just because people have an agenda against Romanian immigrants this is not the same as helpless animals at the mercy of humans. If you are all so concerned how many of you have rehomed a UK dog rather than winging on here? Well done to these ladies! I applaud them.
I can't believe some of the comments on here, how selfish can people get? These are innocent dogs being bludgeoned to death for the pure fact of being born in the wrong country, I'm sorry but that does not happen in the UK to homeless UK dogs. Just because people have an agenda against Romanian immigrants this is not the same as helpless animals at the mercy of humans. If you are all so concerned how many of you have rehomed a UK dog rather than winging on here? Well done to these ladies! I applaud them. Suttonlady82
  • Score: 0

3:38pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Cedar101 says...

I'm shocked that this is happening. Well done to these ladies for helping. I fully support your charity. If we all took the attitude of 'cfc241974' the world we be a horrible place. Instead of having a go at people who try to do good why don't you do something for the good of the world instead of attacking others. It's pathetic and you should get a one way ticket to Romania as you don't sound like you are adding much to society here in the UK!
I'm shocked that this is happening. Well done to these ladies for helping. I fully support your charity. If we all took the attitude of 'cfc241974' the world we be a horrible place. Instead of having a go at people who try to do good why don't you do something for the good of the world instead of attacking others. It's pathetic and you should get a one way ticket to Romania as you don't sound like you are adding much to society here in the UK! Cedar101
  • Score: -2

10:04am Thu 17 Jul 14

cfc241974 says...

Cedar101 wrote:
I'm shocked that this is happening. Well done to these ladies for helping. I fully support your charity. If we all took the attitude of 'cfc241974' the world we be a horrible place. Instead of having a go at people who try to do good why don't you do something for the good of the world instead of attacking others. It's pathetic and you should get a one way ticket to Romania as you don't sound like you are adding much to society here in the UK!
Where would we be if every one started bringing in dogs from Romania,BY THE LORRY LOAD,Charity begins at home,and we have to many dogs in homes here as it is.Its people like your self with liberal anything goes attitudes that should be buying one way tickets,busy bodies should keep their noses out.Its nothing to do with them what happens in Romania,What next,stray cats from Grease.and by the way Im ENGLISH and proud,and cant understand why any one would use the term UK. go buy yourself a ticket because you dont care about this land.I DO thats why i think this is wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Cedar101[/bold] wrote: I'm shocked that this is happening. Well done to these ladies for helping. I fully support your charity. If we all took the attitude of 'cfc241974' the world we be a horrible place. Instead of having a go at people who try to do good why don't you do something for the good of the world instead of attacking others. It's pathetic and you should get a one way ticket to Romania as you don't sound like you are adding much to society here in the UK![/p][/quote]Where would we be if every one started bringing in dogs from Romania,BY THE LORRY LOAD,Charity begins at home,and we have to many dogs in homes here as it is.Its people like your self with liberal anything goes attitudes that should be buying one way tickets,busy bodies should keep their noses out.Its nothing to do with them what happens in Romania,What next,stray cats from Grease.and by the way Im ENGLISH and proud,and cant understand why any one would use the term UK. go buy yourself a ticket because you dont care about this land.I DO thats why i think this is wrong. cfc241974
  • Score: 4

12:45pm Thu 17 Jul 14

cfc241974 says...

Cedar101 wrote:
I'm shocked that this is happening. Well done to these ladies for helping. I fully support your charity. If we all took the attitude of 'cfc241974' the world we be a horrible place. Instead of having a go at people who try to do good why don't you do something for the good of the world instead of attacking others. It's pathetic and you should get a one way ticket to Romania as you don't sound like you are adding much to society here in the UK!
And by the way,all around you in the Sutton area is work thats been carried out by myself,work thats going to be there well after im gone,and well after your self,so for you to say im not adding much to society is pathetic on your behalf,because you have no clue to what i do,and try opening your eyes,the world is already a horrible place.
[quote][p][bold]Cedar101[/bold] wrote: I'm shocked that this is happening. Well done to these ladies for helping. I fully support your charity. If we all took the attitude of 'cfc241974' the world we be a horrible place. Instead of having a go at people who try to do good why don't you do something for the good of the world instead of attacking others. It's pathetic and you should get a one way ticket to Romania as you don't sound like you are adding much to society here in the UK![/p][/quote]And by the way,all around you in the Sutton area is work thats been carried out by myself,work thats going to be there well after im gone,and well after your self,so for you to say im not adding much to society is pathetic on your behalf,because you have no clue to what i do,and try opening your eyes,the world is already a horrible place. cfc241974
  • Score: 4

10:08pm Fri 18 Jul 14

nettydavies says...

cfc241974 so what is it exactly you do other than be a nasty individual. do you do anything to help animal charities?The world is certainly a horrible place with people like you in it!!. You obviously are not an animal lover as it doesn't matter where the animals come from, all animals deserve some humanity. What do you do to help them. Uk have animal welfare acts to protect them these poor dogs to not. Maybe you should take time and read what happens to the dogs in Romania. I too applaud the girls and anyone else that whats to help animals wherever they may come from. I think its appalling some of the comments on here too, selfish uncaring people.
cfc241974 so what is it exactly you do other than be a nasty individual. do you do anything to help animal charities?The world is certainly a horrible place with people like you in it!!. You obviously are not an animal lover as it doesn't matter where the animals come from, all animals deserve some humanity. What do you do to help them. Uk have animal welfare acts to protect them these poor dogs to not. Maybe you should take time and read what happens to the dogs in Romania. I too applaud the girls and anyone else that whats to help animals wherever they may come from. I think its appalling some of the comments on here too, selfish uncaring people. nettydavies
  • Score: -2

9:20am Sat 19 Jul 14

cfc241974 says...

nettydavies wrote:
cfc241974 so what is it exactly you do other than be a nasty individual. do you do anything to help animal charities?The world is certainly a horrible place with people like you in it!!. You obviously are not an animal lover as it doesn't matter where the animals come from, all animals deserve some humanity. What do you do to help them. Uk have animal welfare acts to protect them these poor dogs to not. Maybe you should take time and read what happens to the dogs in Romania. I too applaud the girls and anyone else that whats to help animals wherever they may come from. I think its appalling some of the comments on here too, selfish uncaring people.
Are you really that thick,thousands of dogs being put to sleep every year in this country.wake up.putting dogs on a lorry and bringing them here is not the answer,whats happening in Romania is sick and evil,no animal or living thing deserves that.when these ladies talk about educating the Romanian people to bring them up to speed with the rest of the EU,Thats the right move thats very good.what they are doing is a short term fix for a long term problem.and for you to make some sort of attack on me is a joke,look in the mirror,you have felt the need to insult me,your no better. I care for all animals,pets and wild.
[quote][p][bold]nettydavies[/bold] wrote: cfc241974 so what is it exactly you do other than be a nasty individual. do you do anything to help animal charities?The world is certainly a horrible place with people like you in it!!. You obviously are not an animal lover as it doesn't matter where the animals come from, all animals deserve some humanity. What do you do to help them. Uk have animal welfare acts to protect them these poor dogs to not. Maybe you should take time and read what happens to the dogs in Romania. I too applaud the girls and anyone else that whats to help animals wherever they may come from. I think its appalling some of the comments on here too, selfish uncaring people.[/p][/quote]Are you really that thick,thousands of dogs being put to sleep every year in this country.wake up.putting dogs on a lorry and bringing them here is not the answer,whats happening in Romania is sick and evil,no animal or living thing deserves that.when these ladies talk about educating the Romanian people to bring them up to speed with the rest of the EU,Thats the right move thats very good.what they are doing is a short term fix for a long term problem.and for you to make some sort of attack on me is a joke,look in the mirror,you have felt the need to insult me,your no better. I care for all animals,pets and wild. cfc241974
  • Score: 4

8:05pm Sun 20 Jul 14

nettydavies says...

cfc241974 wrote:
nettydavies wrote:
cfc241974 so what is it exactly you do other than be a nasty individual. do you do anything to help animal charities?The world is certainly a horrible place with people like you in it!!. You obviously are not an animal lover as it doesn't matter where the animals come from, all animals deserve some humanity. What do you do to help them. Uk have animal welfare acts to protect them these poor dogs to not. Maybe you should take time and read what happens to the dogs in Romania. I too applaud the girls and anyone else that whats to help animals wherever they may come from. I think its appalling some of the comments on here too, selfish uncaring people.
Are you really that thick,thousands of dogs being put to sleep every year in this country.wake up.putting dogs on a lorry and bringing them here is not the answer,whats happening in Romania is sick and evil,no animal or living thing deserves that.when these ladies talk about educating the Romanian people to bring them up to speed with the rest of the EU,Thats the right move thats very good.what they are doing is a short term fix for a long term problem.and for you to make some sort of attack on me is a joke,look in the mirror,you have felt the need to insult me,your no better. I care for all animals,pets and wild.
cfc241974
Insult you I was just defending the other people that had made comments on here after your verbal attack against them. I think your the one doing all the insulting open your eyes and have a look at how many so far!. For your information I know exactly what goes on here and don't need to be reminded I support many charities both here and abroad and have rescued animals from the UK and abroad that live with me. Rescuing "lorry loads" of animals from abroad isn't going to stop other animals from getting homes its up to the individual they are not forced to take an animal from abroad. If as you say you care for ALL animals, pets and wildlife surely you would want someone to help them.? regardless where they come from or are you telling me that if wouldn't affect you as "Charity begins at home". Yes what they are doing is a short term fix and yes Romania is sick and evil but they are trying to make people aware of what is going on If they and their supporters choose to help rescue these dogs from hell then good on them, and now that Ive "woken" up. what do you suggest we do .
[quote][p][bold]cfc241974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nettydavies[/bold] wrote: cfc241974 so what is it exactly you do other than be a nasty individual. do you do anything to help animal charities?The world is certainly a horrible place with people like you in it!!. You obviously are not an animal lover as it doesn't matter where the animals come from, all animals deserve some humanity. What do you do to help them. Uk have animal welfare acts to protect them these poor dogs to not. Maybe you should take time and read what happens to the dogs in Romania. I too applaud the girls and anyone else that whats to help animals wherever they may come from. I think its appalling some of the comments on here too, selfish uncaring people.[/p][/quote]Are you really that thick,thousands of dogs being put to sleep every year in this country.wake up.putting dogs on a lorry and bringing them here is not the answer,whats happening in Romania is sick and evil,no animal or living thing deserves that.when these ladies talk about educating the Romanian people to bring them up to speed with the rest of the EU,Thats the right move thats very good.what they are doing is a short term fix for a long term problem.and for you to make some sort of attack on me is a joke,look in the mirror,you have felt the need to insult me,your no better. I care for all animals,pets and wild.[/p][/quote]cfc241974 Insult you I was just defending the other people that had made comments on here after your verbal attack against them. I think your the one doing all the insulting open your eyes and have a look at how many so far!. For your information I know exactly what goes on here and don't need to be reminded I support many charities both here and abroad and have rescued animals from the UK and abroad that live with me. Rescuing "lorry loads" of animals from abroad isn't going to stop other animals from getting homes its up to the individual they are not forced to take an animal from abroad. If as you say you care for ALL animals, pets and wildlife surely you would want someone to help them.? regardless where they come from or are you telling me that if wouldn't affect you as "Charity begins at home". Yes what they are doing is a short term fix and yes Romania is sick and evil but they are trying to make people aware of what is going on If they and their supporters choose to help rescue these dogs from hell then good on them, and now that Ive "woken" up. what do you suggest we do . nettydavies
  • Score: -2

9:46am Tue 22 Jul 14

cfc241974 says...

Every penny they spent on bringing these dogs here should have been spent in Romania,these ladies should be creating a centre, that then becomes the flag ship.the example to the rest of the country.if they do the right networking both here and Romania,they will find like minded people to build there force.the boarder control was not relaxed for strays from any where,it was relaxed for family pets.
Every penny they spent on bringing these dogs here should have been spent in Romania,these ladies should be creating a centre, that then becomes the flag ship.the example to the rest of the country.if they do the right networking both here and Romania,they will find like minded people to build there force.the boarder control was not relaxed for strays from any where,it was relaxed for family pets. cfc241974
  • Score: 1

8:04pm Tue 22 Jul 14

nettydavies says...

cfc241974, FYI they did try to build a shelter in Romania but because they cannot be there 24/7 and not all the people out there can be trusted to care for the dogs as "Money Talks" they are trying to rehome some of the dogs wherever they can. If we have to take immigrants from abroad why not animals? However I do think all similar charities both here and abroad should as you say network and build one big charity rather than have all individual charities all doing the same thing.
cfc241974, FYI they did try to build a shelter in Romania but because they cannot be there 24/7 and not all the people out there can be trusted to care for the dogs as "Money Talks" they are trying to rehome some of the dogs wherever they can. If we have to take immigrants from abroad why not animals? However I do think all similar charities both here and abroad should as you say network and build one big charity rather than have all individual charities all doing the same thing. nettydavies
  • Score: 0

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