During the first four months of the year, more than 4,000 children and adults went to the “Matei Bals” Infectious Diseases Institute, after being bitten by dogs. According to a map made by the Authority for the Protection and Supervision of the Animals (ASPA), most aggressive dogs are in Drumul Taberii, in the 6th District of Bucharest.
A four-year old child died on Monday after being attacked by stray dogs in Tei Park, in the second District of Bucharest. His six years old brother was bitten in a leg, but he managed to escape and alert the grandmother, the officials from the Bucharest Police announced. According to Mediafax, the grandmother called the emergency number 112 around 12:22 p.m. and said she could not find one of her grandchildren. The woman said that she was in the park with her two grandchildren. According to the woman, the two children left her side at a certain moment and disappeared. While she was looking for them, the 6 years old boy came back with a leg injury and said that he and his brother had been attacked by stray dogs. The incident happened on Tuzla Street in Tei Park. “The child was found with multiple bites, without any chance of survival, in an area with many trees, steep and hardly accessible”, Daniel Vasile, Bucharest ISU spokesman said. The area where the child was found was secured for the police to be able to investigate the scene.
The second district administration said in a press release that the “tragic incident” happened on a private property. “Regarding the tragic incident that led to the death of a child who was bitten by stray dogs, the second district administration states that this incident happened on a private property”, the press release says. According to the quoted source, the plot of land is located on 50, Tuzla Street and it belongs to S.C. Laguna Tei SRL. The district administration stated that the incident did not happen in the Tei Park.
The Bucharest police began an investigation to find out the conditions of the tragic incident. The Child Protection Authority may be called in this case, too. The case will be taken by the Bucharest Court Prosecutor.
Romania’s capital sill remains, despite the pledges of the authorities, the Heaven of stray dogs, over 1,100 people being bitten during the first four months of the year, according to ASPA. Razvan Bancescu, project coordinator for the Authority for the Protection and Supervision of the Animals (ASPA), quoted by Mediafax, says that most cases were in the sixth district, and the fewest in the first district. Bancescu says that, from January until the beginning of May, 1,929 people complained about being attacked by stray dogs, out of which 1,123 were bitten although, during the same period of time, 4,000 children and adults went to the “Matei Bals” Infectious Diseases Institute for the same reason. “The difference in the number of dog bitten people registered at ASPA and that reported by the “Matei Bals” Institute is given by the lack of a protocol between the two institutions. We only know now about the people who have notified us directly, obviously, fewer than in reality”, the official explained.
Most of the cases registered at ASPA are from the sixth district, where 483 people have been bitten by stray dogs in the mentioned period, and the fewest are in the first district, respectively 32 people. In the forth district, during the first four months of the year, 219 people were registered as bitten by stray dogs, in the third district – 164 people, in the second district – 137 and in the fifth district there were 92 people bitten.
According to a map made by ASPA that centralizes the places were most this kind of incidents happened, following citizens’ complaints made by phone, in written or online petitions, all the districts of Bucharest have certain areas where there are aggressive stray dogs, yet most incidents happened in the sixth district, in Drumul Taberii. A few hundred meters away from the Drumul Taberii Boulevard, take place 70 percent of the stray dogs incidents in this district. Other problem-area are Crangasi, Iuliu Maniu Boulevard, Lujerului Passage, Gorjului and Unirii Boulevard.
The greatest number of the complaints in the first district concerns the area between Calea Victoriei, Calea Plevnei and Kogalniceanu Boulevard, as well as the Herastrau Park, where citizens have problems with the stray dogs around the Amusement Park, the Pescarus Restaurant and in the Japanese Gardens.