Dog Attacks: Romania's Plan to Shoot Thousands of Street Dogs Delayed
Following the recent death of a 4-year-old boy who was attacked by street dogs in Bucharest, the Romanian parliament passed a law last week to allow dogs in public areas to be killed if they are not claimed or adopted within two weeks.
It is estimated that more than 60,000 stray dogs roam the streets of the capital city. Dozens of bites to humans are reported daily and tourism has been negatively impacted. The death of the little boy was merely the trigger that brought hundreds of protesters into the streets demanding government action to stop the attacks.
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However, on Monday legislators from all parties joined to file a challenge and delay the order in Romania’s highest court, Reuters reports.
"We have to avoid reacting en-masse through collective killing …we don't want to see tens of thousands of corpses, "Haralambie Vochitoiu, one of the lawmakers, told Agerpres, the state news agency.
We know of no city in the United States that has 60,000 stray dogs running around. Not sure we would ever let things get that bad, but dog attacks and dog bites affect literally millions of Americans every year.
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