A WOOLWICH dog lover has opened up her home to a puppy saved from slaughter at a Romanian "death camp".
Likened to a concentration camp for canines, the Brasov Public Shelter kept dogs in filthy conditions, with disease, death and sickness rife.
There were 71 abused animals facing execution after the shelter closed around two months ago, but thanks to the tireless work of two campaigners they are now looking for safe British homes.
Kadie Brooke, who lives in Woolwich Dockyard, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of one-and-a-half-year-old Leeza who is one of the rescued mixed-breeds.
The 29-year-old zumba instructor said: "Romania doesn’t have good animal welfare.
"There are lots of dogs and cats on the street and it is quite normal for people to mistreat them.
"Leeza was collected by a dog pound and put to death.
"There are hundreds of dogs that need rescuing. People don’t know you can do this.
"We are counting down the days now until she comes.”
The mother-of-two heard about the puppy’s plight through a Facebook page set up by experienced dog fosterers Becky Folkard and Michelle Holmes in their spare time.
Mrs Folkard said: "Romania is really well known for stray dogs. "It is somewhere you wouldn’t want to be a dog.
"We nicknamed the shelter the ‘death camp’ because they are in cages, fed once or twice a week, very rarely have fresh water, and die from malnutrition, starvation.
"It is heartbreaking. I had one with wounds in her back because she had been stabbed by a villager with a pitchfork.
"Compassion doesn’t end at a UK border, it should be world-wide."
The 34 year old, from Hampshire, found sponsors to keep the dogs in safe shelters in Romania while they hunted for foster homes.
She is urging experienced dog fosterers to come forward and offer safe homes. The dogs have been neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped and it costs £150 to adopt which covers the price of the flight from Romania.
To find out more contact Becky at email@example.com or visit the Facebook page by searching 'Save the Death Camp Dogs'.
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