Romanians campaigning to kill stray dogs after boys death
Hundreds of people in Bucharest are calling for stray dogs to be caught and killed after a boy, aged 4, was mauled to deatch by a dog in a central park in the city.
The mayor Sorin Oprescue says that a referendum will be held on the 6th of October asking residents if they agree with “euthanasia” for stray dogs.
Supporters of the measure held a rally in the city centre on Sunday after the child was mauled to death in a park a week ago.
The city of Bucharest is estimated to have around 65,000 stray dogs and there were 1,100 people bitten by the stray animals in the first four months of the year.
Animal campaigners are not happy though. Four paws are urging to authorities to adopt mass sterilisation as the solution instead of euthanasia. Last year over 6,500 stray dogs were sterilised in Bucharest but animal welfare groups say they need help from the authorities to make a real impact.
The current law says that stray dogs have to be taken to existing dog shelters where they stay for 14 days during which time they can be adopted. The problem is that mot are not adopted and this leads to the shelters being overcrowded.
The grandmother of the little boy Aurica Anghel said that "I hope for a change for the better - I don't want to see dogs on the street anymore."
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