Please note as you read this that after the dogs were transferred into RAA care, only then were given correct protection from the elements, only then were they transferred into the correct individual and spacious cages, only then were they regulary exercised and fed.
Until this point Rolda dogs were transported in controvention to EU accepted standards!
After you have read the testimonial below and that of the testimonial of Marilena Ganea who herself was there to recieve Rolda’s dogs in Bucharest to transfer them to the transport RAA has organised, you will clearly see who really cares for Romanian strays and who just views them as cattle!
TESTIMONIAL OF WITNESS TO CONDITIONS RAA TRANSPORTED THE DOGS
Dear Ms. Tesselaar,
Through various sources we have heard you have serious concerns regarding the transportation from Romania of Sunday, May 29. We understand your concern and would be happy to reassure you. We were actually present in Heerlen and have seen the transport with our own eyes. We were there because Elisa had offered to help. The services were the same as for any foundation. We confirm we do not have any animal organization foundation whatsoever. The information you received is incorrect.
-Transport was fully compliant with European legislation
-The number of dogs was 26. Eg, 8 dogs from Rex Foundation, Maria Polman 5 dogs, 2 for Germany, 1 private in Holland and 10 dogs for the UK.
-The dogs were in proper cages. The dimensions were such that the dogs had sufficient freedom of movement, similar to air transportation conditions. Within the European legislation, there are no guidelines about the size required for the lofts. KLM airline has just described this.
-The bus was equipped with a moonroof of about 60/60 cm which was open
-In the back there was a ventilation system. This, combined with the open roof, provided continuous ventilation.
-The car was equipped with a thermometer- the temperature was 23 degrees.
-The pens were all provided with a kind of sawdust that provided an absorbent effect.
-The condition of the cages showed they had been cleaned frequently during the ride
-All animals were provided water and feed in the loft.
-In the bus there were large cans of water for the animals. (Which, at the request of the drivers, I complemented for the transport to the UK)
-The dogs for the UK had to be viewed by a DA who did not object further transport of the dogs.
-The animals were in good condition and there was no reason to believe that they would not survive during the travel to the UK.
-The dogs were not overheated
-All medical data (X-rays, etc.) from Romania were present. In addition, each dog had a European pet passport. Inspection showed me that the dogs had been vaccinated over a longer period.
– The drivers had a travel plan, I had this inspected. I noticed that several break points had been inserted. There was nothing illegal. The distribution of the dogs at the Mc to save a few is a totally ridiculous reasoning. As you can read, the European legislation does not tell how many animals may be transported. Furthermore, the drivers had to undergo a routine check with the German police during the transit in Germany. This verification of compliance with the European directive of animal transport allowed them to continue their journey.
Conclusion: The transport was in accordance with all guidelines. The individual actions of a single police officer in this case have led to great confusion. His action was contrary to the European law regarding this issue. From my legal background, I have taken the liberty to inform parties of the current legislation. So we hope that thanks to the contents of this e-mail your image and anxiety is properly adjusted.
Elisa and Haje Karmerood
PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE – WHILST DANA SWANS AROUND IN A WARM HEATED EXPENSIVE SUV PAID FOR BY THE DOGS SHE CRAMS THE DOGS INTO OVERCROWDED CAGES ON AN OPEN BACK TRUCK TO TRAVEL IN THE FREEZING COLD FOR OVER 4 HOURS FOR THE MAY TRANSPORT.
TESTIMONIAL OF A WITNESS WHO SAW AND HOW DANA COSTIN TRANSPORTED THE DOGS PRIOR TO RAA RECIEVING THEM
Adopt Center, 27 May 2011, afternoon
Without prior notice to Flori and me 6 medium-sized dogs from the Large Shelter were brought. Its should take up the next morning her trip abroad. That meant dogs washing , brushing, cutting nails, clean ears and eyes, give worm tablet, with spot-on drizzle, marked a collar with name, mark kennel doors (for the men take the right dogs the next morning), if necessary castration snags stringing etc. Flori and me have already prepared accordingly 3 dogs that day, which should – and could – leave the next day. These new dogs also bring even more now in a passable condition, was impossible. Impossible also, because the dogs were not only untidy, but sometimes also a bit malnourished and contact-shy or timid. We couldn´t handle them. Flori tried at least one dog to pull the strings yet, but due to the resistance of the dog, it was impossible to cope. We tried to work together to help the dogs, but we did not realise how many of the dogs had thick stitches at all and the condition of the scar. Flori was desperate and began to cry in her helplessness. I comforted her as best I could, but was upset myself. I could not understand even to this day why these dogs were not brought earlier to Adopt Center and why they had to travel the next day.
Early the next morning employees of the steel company came with metal cages on an open truck and began to put the dogs into the cages. Five dogs were locked in one cage and only a very big dog got a cage on its own. The cages were placed on the open retail space and approximately 3.5-hour drive to about 250 km from Bucharest began.
I can confirm that the photos on this page of the open back truck were taken by me that morning.
Anja Stein – Ex -Volunteer at Rolda