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April 15, 2021

City-run shelters for dogs would cost EUR 30 M, prefect says

Bucharest Prefect Mihai Atanasoaiei told daily ‘Gandul’ that although there is legislation that allows local authorities to solve the problem of stray dogs, including by resorting to euthanasia, mayors’ offices often give in to animal protection organisations’ pressure. “The animal protection law says you’re not allowed to put them out. The law managing stray dogs allows it. There is currently no local authority, because of the legal contradictions, that can take any measures,” Atanasoaei said.

He added that euthanasia costs about RON 11 per dog and insisted that this was a “firm, not radical measure.” “The city will have to round up dogs and keep them in shelters. A dog’s maintenance costs RON 300 a month. Multiply 40,000 dogs with RON 300 and 12 months and you get RON 144 M, about EUR 30 M. This money is obviously not available. (…) You practically end up building hotels for them. The legislation was not designed for such a mass phenomenon,” the prefect added.

In his turn, Mayor Sorin Oprescu yesterday told a press conference that all the strays must be collected and put together in shelters, in order to be taken stock for. Oprescu could not, however, give a proper figure as to what exactly the costs would be for this operation to complete, adding “important sums are to be spent.”
The mayor recently met with several NGO representatives and tackled the issue, following a tragedy occurred last week, when a woman was killed by a pack of strays.

On the occasion, NGOs have requested local administration to rush procedures for accounting and spaying all the stray animals, which should then be placed in small shelters built in the Capital’s outskirts.

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