Dog lovers and animal-rights groups are putting heat on the Romanian government to roll back a new “population management” law they say will lead to the needless slaughter of thousands of stray dogs.
In September, the Romanian Parliament approved legislation aimed at culling the stray population in Bucharest, where some 60,000 dogs are said to be roaming the streets, often in packs. Dog bites are common in the capital city, and the growing stray problem is even deterring tourism, officials say. The new law allows administrators to euthanize stray dogs caught on the streets within 14 days if they are not adopted, but some citizens fed up with the problem aren’t waiting that long: They're taking matters, and the dogs' lives, into their own hands.
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