Protest over mass dog euthanizing

2010-04-30 19:09

Bucharest - About 200 people in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, have protested a proposal to euthanize thousands of stray dogs.

Authorities say 11 000 people were bitten in the capital last year.

Protesters urged authorities on Friday to withdraw the plan, proposed by prefect Mihai Atanasoaei, who wants dogs to be put down if they are not adopted within two weeks.

Protesters want Parliament to vote on a law requiring sterilisation and shelters for strays. They are angry with Parliament for delaying a vote for two years.

Bucharest is home to thousands of stray dogs. In 2006, a Japanese tourist was killed by one.