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Stray dogs shot dead in Sofia borough

Author: The Sofia Echo staff Date: Mon, Apr 18 2011 10 Comments, 2948 Views
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Stray dogs have been shot dead in Bozhourishte, a borough in northwestern Sofia, according to media reports.

Two men in a jeep reportedly are patrolling around Bozhourishte, shooting strays in broad daylight, witnesses have said. Many complaints have been filed to police as people fear for their own safety.

"A child could be shot accidentally," people told Nova TV.

The shootings in Bozhourishte have been going on for quite some time but police have been unable to act. But they now have the legal authority to do so ever since the Bulgarian Parliament passed the animal cruelty act.

According to eyewitnesses, both men "are believed to work for the local municipality".

The police has launched an investigation.

Similar drastic measures have also been undertaken in Romania. With up to 250 000 stray dogs in the capital of Bucharest (Sofia by comparison has only 9500 strays), the Romanian authorities have decided to take the ultimate measure to solve the problem – put them to death.

Packs of strays have been attacking residents of Bucharest for decades, with several fatalities accounted for. The latest case was a woman, mauled to death on the streets in January 2011. This caused a public outrage, the report said.

Romanian politicians have acted swiftly following the latest attack, authorising the culling of animals within 14 days of capture if unclaimed by anyone. Reportedly, "many municipalities have stocked massive quantities of poison with which to kill the animals".

  • War of words over Sofia’s stray dogs
    • Anonymous
      Lucian Rating:
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      #10 01, 52, Thu, May 19 2011

      Christ people, yes this was happening in RO as well, but 10 years ago. If that happens now, people will go to jail, for a loooooong time...
      However, the farmers in RO still use those carriages pulled by horses. I hope they will stop doing that soon.

    • AnonymousyoyoTue, Apr 19 2011

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    • Anonymous
      kk Rating:
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      #8 10, 19, Tue, Apr 19 2011

      €5m given to look after mangy street dogs, whilst children starve? That just turns my stomach. I bet €5000 would buy enough bullets to rid Sofia of the problem. These guys should be given freedom of the city, and a couple of those medals Parvanov dishes out.

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      Dave Rating: 489
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      #7 22, 25, Mon, Apr 18 2011

      I wonder if those dogs ended in minced meat in school sandwiches...?

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      Cosmos Rating:
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      #6 21, 28, Mon, Apr 18 2011

      Thank goodness someone sees sense at last, cull them quick before another child is mauled to death the Bulgarian people have themselves to blame for this mess so if your objecting then go and educate the people that if you have a dog for a pet you must feed it properly look after its welfare if this cannot be done. Do not have any pets.

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      Akiko Rating:
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      #5 19, 37, Mon, Apr 18 2011

      I notice there are humans with empty heads and heart... Ahhhh Much sympathy.(period)

    • Anonymouslock, stock & two smoking barrels Mon, Apr 18 2011

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    • Anonymous
      Akiko Rating:
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      #3 18, 53, Mon, Apr 18 2011

      Dogs are hungry and frightened. It is only natural behaviour. Human would behave in the same way in the same condition. An civilised country should be able to deal with this by sterilising. Apparently, there is some typical corruption in these countries within the government if the budget has gone missing.

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      Dianne Hatton Rating:
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      #2 18, 27, Mon, Apr 18 2011

      There was a proper fund. Bulgaria was give €5m to help dort it out, but it seems to have gone missing.

    • Anonymous
      Watch Rating:
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      #1 14, 53, Mon, Apr 18 2011

      Since there is no proper fund to keep and maintain these dogs,the only alternative is to put them to sleep

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