Romania: This Is How The Pathetic Romanian Government ‘Euthanise’ Their Dogs. Plastic Bag Over the Head Then Put Them In The Middle of the Road !!


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Luna – rescued from a certain death 😦

This is Luna.

We found her yesterday in the middle of the road, with a bag on her head, put by “humans”.

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She was already hit by a car, she has a big wound at her back leg and she would have been death in minutes if we didn’t saw her in time :((.

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We took her home, cleaned her wound and she will be taken today at the vet clinic to evaluate her state.

She ate good last night and we really hope she will be ok soon.

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She will be for adoption after recovery. if you can help us to give her the vet care needed, please donate for her at PayPal:


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Dog lovers blockade Romanian parliament after supreme court upholds law allowing officials to kill strays

Romania: A Very Bad Day For Stray Animals, But Only The Start Now For The Actions Euro Politcians Will Be Facing.


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Today, Wednesday 25th September 2013 is a very bad day for European animal welfare.

Please read the following for a full understanding of today’s decision and what it means for the stray animals of Romania.

Whilst a terrible death will come to many animals of Romania, it could also be said that today, by taking this action, the Romanian government and courts have rung the death knell for any productive future for their nation in Europe.

As of now, the Romanian government will be the target of thousands of different actions against them; as will be Romanian Members of the European Parliament (MEP).  Tjhere will be mass petitions constantly; and more effectively, there will be mass e mail protests and mass boycotts of Romanian products sent from the world over – a world today disgusted by what the brain dead politicians of Romania  have decided to do.  For years, the animal welfare groups and welfare NGO’s have been ignored by a government which takes the money for improving stray animal welfare, and then conveniently diverts the money elsewhere.  And all the time, the EU (Romania IS a member nation of the EU); sits back on its haunches and declares that there is nothing it can do.

EU citizens, including many good and supportive animal welfare people within Romania, are completely and utterly disgusted about what has happened; and been allowed to happen by the EU. Regarding the decision in Romania today.

The EU is going to pay a heavy price from the animal welfare lobby for its sit back and do nothing approach; that is a guarantee.  EU Commissioners and MEP’s may find that they get as much in the way of e mails etc as their Romanian counterparts.

The good thing is that in May 2014, EU citizens will vote throughout Europe for new MEP’s to represent them in the coming years.  Maybe MEP’s who did nothing about this issue will now wish that they had – the people of Europe will have their say about part of Europe in May 2014.

Lets hope that ‘do nothing’ EU Commissioners and MEP’s now glance over their shoulders to see who and what actions are happening behind them.

The Romanian government has in its actions today declared war on the rest of the world.

And as the saying goes; if they declare war, then they are going to get one.

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Animal welfare groups appalled by Romania’s decision to approve stray dog euthanasia law

 Animal welfare groups have vowed to continue their fight against plans to euthanize Romania’s stray dogs despite a decision today declaring the measure legal.

The Romanian Constitutional Court took less than four hours today to approve the law, which was sparked by the fatal mauling of a four-year-old.

The bill, which now just needs the president’s signature to become law, allows strays to be euthanised if they are not adopted after two weeks spent in a shelter.

Protesters outside the court reacted with fury following the announcement, blocking a main road.

President of animal welfare NGO Save the Dogs Sara Turetta said the organisation would continue to fight the “appalling” measure by lobbying Europian politicians.

“Within two to three years, Europe will issue without a doubt a Directive on Companion Animals and Romania will be forced to review this barbaric and senseless law, Ms Turetta said.

“The WHO and the OIE have repeatedly rejected the mass killings as a method to manage the stray dogs population…but the Romanian politicians continue to deliberately ignore these indications.

“It’s a behavior that finds no explanation, as it won’t just cause endless suffering to thousands of stray dogs but it will also create enormous social tensions between animal lovers and those who want to get rid of the dogs.”

Dogcatchers have already started rounding up the city’s estimated 64,000 dogs, after the Romanian Parliament passed the law on September 10, following the fatal mauling of four-year-old Ionut Anghel, allegedly by strays on September 2.

With a population of 1,883,425, there is about one stray dog to every 31 people in Romania’s capital city.

More than 6,000 people were bitten including 1,000 children in the first six months of 2013 in Bucharest, which last year recorded 16,000 incidents of dog bites.

Bucharest’s problem with strays dates back to the 1980s, when the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu ordered the demolition of hundreds of houses and their replacement with apartment blocks as part of his urbanisation plan.

Forced to move to smaller apartments, many people abandoned their dogs.

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Romania: Court Rules Dogs Can Be Euthanized  //  She was saved .. (Euthanasia Romanian style)  CROSSPOST WORLDWIDE & INCLUDE THOSE ‘BIG BUCK’, SO CALLED CARING FOR ANIMALS ORGANIZATIONS!!!

Subject: Stop mass killing of dogs in Romania!  This information, which includes all email addresses is going out Worldwide!  THIS EMAIL, OR OTHERS LIKE IT, ARE GOING OUT WORLDWIDE – CROSSPOST/POST TO THE UNIVERSE !!!  GOD & THE WORLD IS WATCHING!

I Hope & Pray that this salutation is Truly Correct!
Honorable Members of the Constitutional Court,
Distinguished Officials,

Madams and Sirs,

Please know that mass killing of dogs is the worst decision possible: it is irrational, expensive, rejected by the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizing that dog slaughter has no result on the dog population in the street.  It is an as well known fact that killing stray dogs only pursues certain financial interests, as it is become notorious that tens of millions of EURO have been used formally, on paper, for stray dog management however in fact such amounts were used for other interests.

MASS SPAYING AND NEUTERING is the only LONG TERM solution for the decrease of the stray dogs phenomenon, as it aims to the source of the problem.  Mass killing is simply not the answer and is totally unacceptable in the civilized world of today.

We kindly expect from the Constitutional Court to prove it is correct and righteous and thus confirm by its current Decision the legal constitutional precedent given by the Decision 1/2012.  It is shameful that cruel mass slaughters of dogs can still happen in a member state of the European Union of the 21st century. The world is looking forward to hear you have reached the only correct and humane decision regarding the welfare of these animals, according with European and ethical norms, with the requests of the entire world, with the appeals from 6th and 11th September of European Parliament – Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals who considers that this „horrible and useless massacre of dogs” „goes against the values and objectives of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union”.

Please, be advised that if the killing of dogs starts, we will show to the entire world the reality of the dog camps, we will notify worldwide about the financial interests behind the business of killing dogs, we will withdraw any support that we have given so far to your country, we will boycott Romanian products and tourism, as no one will want to associate with a corrupt, cruel and immoral country.

I am a very simple person, US Citizen, 67 years in age, a Passionate Musician & Animal Advocate Worldwide! I (We) ask you to restore the image of your country and your people for the entire World and say NO to Animal Genocide and ask for implementation of a real, effective and civilized dog management program by mass spaying and neutering!  It is by far more compassionate & Cheaper for your economy to do this!  Offering FREE Spay & Neuter Clinics has been done in many countries, including ours, and it WORKS!  I would be the last person alive on this planet it I said the USA was without blame!!!  There are several parts of our country where Animals not treated right!  Why don’t you set an example, Right Now, that the rest of the World can see, and hopefully emulate!  Right now, you are an Extreme Example of what NOT To Do.

Respectfully, but Respect & Compassion have to be Earned,
Rich Russom-Illinois-USA-Cornwall’s Voice For Animals Patron (CVFA)

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Romania: Court Rules Dogs Can Be Euthanized

BUCHAREST, Romania September 25, 2013 (AP)

Romania‘s constitutional court has ruled that a bill on euthanizing stray dogs is legal, weeks after a 4-year-old boy’s fatal mauling in Bucharest prompted the government to draft legislation allowing the killing of strays.

Hundreds of dog lovers blocked a main road after Tuesday’s court ruling in protest. The bill needs to be signed by the president before it can become law.

Parliament voted on Sept. 10 to allow strays to be euthanized. They will be taken to shelters and, if not adopted or claimed within 14 days, killed.

Bucharest City Hall says there are 64,000 stray dogs in the capital, while animal rights groups say there are 40,000. A hospital that handles infectious diseases has treated 9,760 people for dog bites in the first eight months of the year.

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Japan: The Clinically Clean Hi Tec Killing Machine That Is The Japanese System – More Than 204,000 Pets — 82 Percent of the Total Taken Into Public “Animal Shelters” Are Killed With High Tec Disregard Each Year.


The Cruel Japanese doing what they know best – killing vast numbers of animals in such a clean, electronic controlled, brain dead workmen type fashion.

Animals gassed using high tech systems that ends up showing scores of newly gassed dogs and cats simply being emptied out of crates like the weeks rubbish.

This is the squeaky clean method of Japanese animal abuse – shame on them !

If you wish to contact your national Japanese embassy about what you have seen here in the videos, then please use the following link(s) – copy and send a link to this article if you wish:




The first video –  dog killing.

Second – kitten and cat killing.

Video footage is shown in the following link:

 ‘Hiroyuki Satake, deputy director of the Tokyo metropolitan government’s Animal Protection and Consultation Center in Setagaya Ward, says it is an uphill battle convincing the public to adopt abandoned pets, although things have improved slightly in recent years.

“Japanese people are in the habit of going to a pet shop and buying a puppy. In Tokyo there are no puppies brought to the pound and so we only have adult dogs to re-home. People don’t want an adult dog — they want to get a dog when it is still young.”

The following article from the ‚Japan Times’ explains more about this issue and the video footage linked above: 

Millions of dogs, cats coddled, 200,000 gassed each year in pet-mad Japan

82% of animals that end up at public shelters face ‘distressing’ death by carbon dioxide

by Simon Scott

Cast in bronze, Hachiko sits in a position of prominence befitting a storied daimyo or prime minister, right next to the busiest intersection in Japan, if not the world.

As the oft-told story goes, the famed golden-brown Akita would greet his master, professor Hidesaburo Ueno of Tokyo University, outside Shibuya Station at the end of every day as he returned from work.

After the professor died suddenly in 1925 of a stroke, Hachiko continued to wait patiently outside the station for his master day in, day out for another nine long years, until his own demise.

This enduring loyalty earned Hachiko the respect and affection of the Japanese public and led eventually to his immortalization in bronze in Shibuya and in modern Japanese folklore, as the embodiment of the unbreakable bond between man and his best friend.

Hachiko was also a dog for his time. Born into 1920s Japan, he lived through the prewar period when Japan’s leaders were busy whipping up a nationalistic storm about fealty to the Emperor and nation to support their military aims in Asia. Hachiko came to symbolize this “dogged” and blind loyalty.

By the standards of the Shibuya pooches of today, who daintily walk in his comparatively very large footsteps, Hachiko would probably be a long way from being considered even remotely kawaii.

Photos from back in the day reveal him to be a mangy-looking mutt with lopsided ears and a grumpy, forlorn face (perhaps understandably, considering his predicament). Yet he was loyal, and that was enough — at least back then.

Today, it is unlikely Hachiko would survive nine hours wandering around Shibuya crossing on his own, let alone nine years. If he managed to avoid being run over by an impatient taxi driver, he would likely be promptly picked up by Tokyo’s animal control division. And then his chances of survival would be very, very slim.

More than 204,000 pets — 82 percent of the total taken into public “animal shelters” that year — were euthanized in 2010, according to the latest available government figures. Just under 52,000 of these animals were dogs; the majority were cats.

In that same year, less than 29,000 abandoned pets — 11 percent of arrivals — were successfully re-homed.

In the U.K., in contrast, just over 7,000 dogs were euthanized in 2011, even though more than 126,000 were abandoned — a rate of less than 6 percent. The euthanasia rate for animals in Canada based on responses from just over half of the country’s shelters in 2010 was 36 percent.

Such comparisons highlight Japan’s very low rehoming rate and beg the question of why so many pets end up being put down.

Hiroyuki Satake, deputy director of the Tokyo metropolitan government’s Animal Protection and Consultation Center in Setagaya Ward, says it is an uphill battle convincing the public to adopt abandoned pets, although things have improved slightly in recent years.

“Japanese people are in the habit of going to a pet shop and buying a puppy. In Tokyo there are no puppies brought to the pound and so we only have adult dogs to re-home. People don’t want an adult dog — they want to get a dog when it is still young.”

Satake adds that even out of the small number of dogs that are successfully rehomed, the majority are not taken in by members of the public as family pets, but are mostly picked up by volunteers working for any number of Japan’s private animal shelters.

One such shelter is ARK (Animal Rescue Kansai), established by Briton Elizabeth Oliver in 1990. One of most well-known and respected animal shelters in Japan, ARK has been something of a trailblazer in the field of animal rights in Japan. Oliver was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) by the queen last year for her services to animal welfare and civil society in Japan.

ARK currently houses about 180 cats and a similar number of dogs at its sanctuary in Osaka Prefecture, with around 30 more animals staying in ARK-registered foster homes in the Tokyo area.

A large number of the animals the shelter takes in are handed over by older people who are no longer able to look after them, Oliver says. “We get a lot of dogs from people in their 60s and 70s. Often they have to go into hospital and can’t take their dog with them.”

Oliver believes the root of this problem lies with the pet shops, which will only sell puppies. “I’m not against older people adopting animals, but if they go to a pet shop, the only animal you can get is one which is very young. If they come here [to ARK], we would say, ‘Well, take a dog which is 6 or 7 years old.’ ”

Oliver adds that in her native England the pet culture is very different and it is common for people to adopt older animals.

“People are more realistic in the U.K. If you are a certain age, you would be thinking to adopt something older. I think in Japan people just see cute puppies.”

ARK also takes in a lot of dogs from hoarders and what she calls “balcony breeders” — amateurs trying to make some quick yen breeding from home but who fail to sell the dogs.

Animal hoarders are people who keep an abnormally large number of domestic pets in their home despite lacking adequate space to house the animals or the ability to feed or look after them properly.

Hoarders are often mentally ill people who have an unhealthy, obsessive attachment to their pets and are unable to comprehend the suffering they are causing.

Recently six miniature pinschers were brought to the ARK shelter after the owner was apprehended by the authorities.

“She was a hoarder type and she had abused the dogs. The animals hadn’t been properly fed,” Oliver explains. “Amongst those six, two have died already. One, a so-called puppy, was about 8 months, but looked about 1 month. It weighed only 560 grams — the weight of a kitten.”

Walking the streets of Tokyo, you could be forgiven for thinking Japanese pets are the luckiest in the world. In many cases, they probably are.

Veterinarian Midori Wada from Daktari Animal Hospital in Tokyo says she is often impressed with how conscientious and devoted most pet owners in Japan are.

“From personal experience interacting with patients and their respective owners, a pet is family, not a family pet,” she says. “If an animal has an incurable disease, Japanese owners tend to be very devoted and they will do whatever they can to prolong the pet’s life rather than euthanize, so they can be together for one more day.

“We have patients who are hospitalized for months. The owners come to visit on a daily basis and I experience the strong human-animal bond and medical miracles that come from not giving up in our hospital.”

Wada adds that the responsible attitudes of many pet owners also make it possible to administer preventative treatment. Even people with completely healthy pets will diligently pay for vaccinations every year, as well as general health checks that include a variety of tests from a physical exam to a blood test — and even a CT scan.

Yet Wada also believes Japanese pet owners can at times go too far and overindulge their pets, which can create problems down the road.

“We have many pet owners who treat animals too much like people, making them good parents to their pets, maybe, but becoming too obsessed with them at the same time,” she says. “I’m used to seeing Louis Vuitton carriers, baby strollers, and a dog’s diet including Kobe beef and Yubari melons, which cost upwards of $50 per fruit.”

Wada says that sometimes this over-the-top treatment can result in serious medical issues for the animals. Forcing dogs into clothes in the very hot summer months can cause matted fur and skin problems, for example, and an imbalanced diet can lead to obesity.

As with any other fashion craze in Japan, ground zero for this pooch-pampering obsession is trendy Shibuya and neighboring Harajuku. Boutiques selling designer doggie clothes and accessories are now almost as common a sight as high school girls dressed up as “gothic Lolitas.”

Dare to imagine it and these shops have probably got it: ripped designer jeans for the Chihuahua, a heavy-knit English duffle coat to keep the Pomeranian warm in winter, or a Buzz Lightyear costume for the miniature dachshund — because, of course, he loved the film.

There are doggie necklaces, bracelets, hats, bootees, socks, carry bags, push chairs, nappies — even a bandana with a built-in gel cooling pad for those scorching summer months. And if money is no object, Chanel, Dior, Hermes and Gucci now have luxury dog product lines in Japan.

Then there are the service industries — pet theme parks, restaurants, cafes, hotels, swimming lessons, grooming sessions, manicures, massages, facials, and even special pet-only spa resorts. One can’t help but wonder who is enjoying themselves here — the dog or the owner?

And if old, noble Hachiko was raised from the dead and ambled once more through his old stomping ground, what would he make of the spoilt brand of toy dogs that crowd the area today? Would he even recognize them as being of the same biological order, let alone species, as himself?

For better or worse, Japan is in the throes of a pet boom and there is serious money to be made. In a climate of general economic stagnation, the industry is proving to be remarkably recession-proof, with the pet business estimated to be worth over ¥1 trillion a year and growing by the day. The nation’s total pet population is now a staggering 22 million — that’s over 5 million more than the number of children under 15 in Japan today.

No one can complain about an industry doing well, and a pet — just like a human — loved too much is better off than one not loved at all. But sadly, as the pet population grows, so does the number of animals that fall through the cracks.

For some pets that end up in the Animal Protection and Consultation Center in Tokyo, rehoming is not even attempted and they are sent to their death after only seven days.

“We observe the animals and decide if the chance of rehoming is high or low,” says Satake, the center’s deputy director.

Factors taken into consideration are the health, age and character of the animal, such as whether or not it is overly aggressive.

“If the odds of re-homing are good we keep it here for a long time, but if they are low then we quickly destroy the animal,” says Satake.

“The decision is ultimately made by one of our staff and it is hard for that person. They must themselves decide on life or death for the pet. This is a heavy burden for them to carry.”

In cases where animals are put down, the method of euthanization is one which has largely been abolished in the West: gassing by carbon dioxide.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) strongly criticized the use of carbon dioxide to put down animals in a recent report, citing the suffering it inflicts.

“Concerns over the humaneness of CO2 stem from its association with breathlessness and hyperventilation,” the report says. “At high concentrations, CO2 dissolves in the moisture of the animal’s airways producing carbonic acid that causes irritation and pain in the animal’s nose. Induction to unconsciousness is accompanied by escape attempts, licking, sneezing and increased movement or agitation indicating exposure is distressing.”

Satake says that carbon dioxide gas is still used in Japan because in the past the number of stray animals was even higher. This made it impractical to euthanize animals individually, such as by lethal injection, whereas with gas a large number can be killed simultaneously.

Satake acknowledges that the system currently in place is not ideal, but says changing to a more humane method would cost a lot of money.

“The truth is the most current method is not carbon dioxide but anesthetic gas,” he says. “There is a machine available which uses this gas, but it is very, very expensive. We want to buy this machine and change to this method, but it’s too costly.”

Currently, Shimonoseki city in Yamaguchi Prefecture is the only municipality in Japan that euthanizes its animals using anesthetic gas.

Another option for euthanizing unwanted pets would be to give them an intravenous injection of a barbiturate or anesthetic agent, inducing death through an overdose.

The WSPA regards an IV injection of a 20-percent pentobarbital solution (a barbiturate) as the most humane method of euthanizing cats or dogs as it induces “rapid loss of consciousness” and causes no “distressing side effects.”

Pentobarbital is also commonly used in conjunction with other drugs for the execution of criminals for capital crimes in some U.S. states.

However, Satake sees obstacles to such a hands-on method being introduced in Japan.

“In the case of giving an injection to each animal, well, it can lead to mental problems for the individual who has to do the killing, so we want to avoid direct methods such as injection,” he says. “In the case of a machine, well, the person can avoid directly handling the animals.”

Tucked away in a corner of the car park at the Animal Protection and Consultation Center — the place where the unwanted pets of Tokyo are processed before being sent to the gas chambers in Jonanjima on the outskirts of the city — is a small shrine.

Here, the staff of the center from time to time burn sticks of incense and say a prayer for the souls of those pets who never found a home — pets who never got to roam, free but lonely, like mangy Hachiko through the crowded streets of Shibuya to bum a stick of yakitori or a pork bun from a friendly passer-by.

Those interested in adopting a pet or donating to ARK should visit or email Send comments on this issue and story ideas to .

Three-quarters of euthanized pets in Japan are cats

Of the more than 204,000 pets euthanized in Japan in 2010, around 152,000, or 75 percent, were cats, according to the latest available government figures.

The high proportion of cats being put down reflects a massive decrease in the number of puppies being abandoned, especially in large urban areas, rather than an increase in the number of cats, says Hiroyuki Satake, deputy director of the Tokyo metropolitan government’s Animal Protection and Consultation Center.

For example, in the Tokyo metropolitan area only two puppies were brought to the Animal Control Center in 2011 compared to 1,736 kittens.

Satake says this positive trend for dogs can be attributed to an increase in neutering rates and the urban Tokyo lifestyle.

“Everyone gets their dog spayed nowadays. In the past they didn’t due to the prices, perhaps, or they felt sorry for the animal,” he says.

“Also, in Tokyo everyone keeps their dogs inside their house rather than outside so there is no chance for them to breed.”

Cats, on the other hand, are more likely to roam free and so the risk of an unspayed female getting impregnated is a lot higher, he added.

Are ‘No Action On Issues’ EU Politicians Any Better Than The Corrupt Romanian Government Currently Supporting A Lynch Mob Frenzy On Stray Dogs?


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– So after years and years of ignoring the NGO requests that sterilization and a government controlled programme of stray animals management is the long term solution to the situation, we are now promised by President Traian Basescu  that “After we bring the canine population to a manageable number, we can also think of another way of dealing with the problem””.

The way to deal with the problem is to stop the political corruption that is a never ending problem in Romania – and this is the real problem that President Traian Basescu needs to address – or is he one of them anyway ?

Does the Romanian government actually think about anything other than feathering their own nests from EU taxpayer finances which are given for stray animal controls ?

We suggest that it is the corruption in the political system which is the real problem in Romania, and despite his promises to do something positive, we suggest that for the future nothing will actually happen regarding stray animal management; instead, corrupt politicians will continue to line their pockets with the cash meant for the animals.

Sort that problem out Basescu and then other Europeans will consider that your nation does have some morals.  At the moment you are considered the lowest of the low – and will continue to be all the time this lynch mob frenzy goes on killing animals.  You are not worthy of being an EU member state – you belong in the dark ages.

The EU should act; but what do we get ? – no action from a useless EU Commission and Parliament, who can do nothing because it is a national issue.  So, what do we require MEPs and the European Parliament for if they do nothing ???

Maybe the EU is as corrupt as the Romanian government – pockets lined with gold but in the way of action; very little for its citizens.

Possibly the UK would do best as many UK citizens now think and pull the plug at the EU, get out and let them all continue with their self importance opinions – those who in reality do nothing. 

Where is the stray dog EU action plan for Europe ?? – exactly; nowhere – our question answered !!


As a comment left on the site says today:

“Those people come from the dark ages of witches and killing what they do not understand,”

– and yet they are welcomed by EU politicians with open arms !


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The issue of Romania’s community dogs has not ceased to divide Romanian society these days, since on the one hand there are those who want dogs to be euthanized straight away, while on the other side there are those who want a long-lasting solution.

As many as 29 senators from all Romania’s’ parliamentary parties have submitted an official notification to Romania’s Constitutional Court, deeming the Parliament’s bill on stray dogs unconstitutional. As a result, the Constitutional Court on September 25th will analyze the law on stray dogs.

The Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies, the decision-making body in this case, has voted with a vast majority in favor of the bill. We recall that recently a four-year old boy has been fatally bitten by dogs nearby one of Bucharest’s parks. The law stipulates that aggressive animals, or those that are declared fatally ill shall be euthanized straight away.

The law also grants an extension of the deadline from 7 to 14 days in the case of the dogs from a dog shelter to be claimed or adopted. If those involved fail to meet that deadline, the local authority is entitled to decide the euthanization of dogs, or it may even extend their time in the shelter, provided they have enough financial resources for the paddocks’ maintenance.

In Bucharest alone, the estimated number of stray dogs stands at 65 thousand. That is an outcome of the authorities’ lack of reaction over dozens of years. We recall that in the early 1980s Romania’s former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu ordered the demolition of a sizeable number of buildings, which is considered the starting point of the stray dogs’ plight, since in lots of neighborhoods houses were replaced by blocks of flats, which led to a growing number of stray dogs being left with no master.

Romania’s President Traian Basescu, a former mayor of Bucharest, said he would have no restraint promulgating the stray dogs’ law, in the form the Parliament had passed it. “It is just as I think things should happen. After we bring the canine population to a manageable number, we can also think of another way of dealing with the problem. But right now it is a danger for kids, for the elderly, for people in general”, President Basescu said.

Those opposing the law say they want a European solution to the problem, so that no single stray dog should be found in Romania’s streets, that can jeopardize people’s lives. At the same time, however, these people do not want Romania to be rated as a country with people with no soul. Protesters on both sides have pointed their fingers at the relevant NGOs. In recent years, those responsible with the problem of stray dogs have had hefty sums of money at their fingertips, but the results of their action in this respect are barely visible.

Meanwhile, prosecutors continue the hearings in the file that has been opened following the death of the four-year old boy. The Head of the Authority for Animals’ Monitoring and Protection, subpoenaed to the General Prosecutor’s Office announced he had increased the number of dog catchers in Bucharest. 11 crews made of at least two employees are on the ground, as compared to the number of three members of such crews so far.