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April 18, 2021

Stray dogs to be euthanized in 7 days

Bucharest Prefect Mihai Atanasoaei announced yesterday that he filed to the Lower Chamber his proposals on modifying the stray dogs’ law. The proposals include the possibility of euthanizing seriously ill or aggressive stray dogs as well as stray dogs that are not adopted in seven days’ time. According to Atanasoaie the changes brought to the law are meant to solve the problems caused by stray dogs in Bucharest. According to the NGOs there are approximately 40,000 stray dogs in Bucharest, while the local administration claims their number stands at 100,000. 11,436 persons were bitten by dogs in Bucharest in 2009, of which 7,571 were bitten by stray dogs. 2,813 persons were bitten in Q1 of this year, of which 2,175 were bitten by stray dogs.

The Bucharest Prefect pointed out that changes brought to the law would allow the authorities to euthanize the dogs. Thus, the stray dogs will be taken from the streets, with the seriously ill and aggressive ones set to be euthanized in 7 days’ time.

The new changes will also force dog owners to neuter and microchip their pets. Another novelty consists of the proposal to give fines ranging from RON 1,000 to RON 5,000 to persons that adopt a dog and then release it on the streets, to those that feed stray dogs in public places and those that fail to neuter their pets.

Reacting to the project, MEP Corneliu Vadim Tudor, a well-known partisan of animal-rights defense yesterday said “a better solution to the issue would be putting President Basescu out of his misery.”

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