There are now about 9500 stray dogs throughout Sofia, according to Peter Petrov, the director of Ekoravnovesie, the municipal company entrusted with managing the capital's stray dogs. Petrov announced the figures before the municipal council's Environmental Committee, Bulgarian media reported on June 9 2010.
If this assessment is correct, this means that Sofia's stray dog population in Sofia has increased by about a thousand since November 2009, when it was estimated to be 8500.
According to Petrov, 2106 dogs were caught in the first five months of 2010. Of this number, 595 were put down, 1132 were subsequently released and 200 adopted.
The problem of Sofia's stray dogs will be resolved after 2011 when dog shelters will be built, according to an interview Petrov gave to private national bTV channel on October 22 2009, quoted by Standart.
Ekoravnovesie is the company directly responsible for dealing with the problem that has beset Sofians for years. Numerous cases have been recorded of people being attacked by packs of strays in Sofia.
"The problem will be solved when all stray dogs are put in shelters that will be built by 2011," Petrov said at the time. There should be at least 11 shelters in every region of the city so that these dogs are taken care of, he said.