And it's what brought Anne-Marie Dimi Marcu to the shelter last January. As a vocal animal activist and rescuer in Romania, she hoped to convince the mayor of Constanta to let her try to get at least some dogs adopted.
"We managed to convince the mayor to stop the killings and to allow us to take them out, as many we could, during two or three weeks," she tells The Dodo.
Marcu started taking pictures of the dogs who were in the worst shape. Angus, naturally, was near the front of the line.
Her first impression?
"Dirty, skinny, blind, his ears were very damaged, without fur and a lot of wounds," she recalls. "He smelled horrible."