There is a huge issue with the amount of stray and abandoned dogs on the streets of Romania. This problem started back in the 1980’s with the government implementing large industrialization plans. With these happening people were forced into cities and built-up areas from rural areas to work. Houses were knocked down to make way for apartment blocks. There became lack of space for people to keep their dogs, so started the abandonment of dogs to the streets. These dogs were left to breed without control which led to a rapid increase in the Romanian dog population. In the capital Bucharest there is estimated to be over 65,000 dogs on the streets. This obviously needs addressing but the problem in Romania today is something that is causing an outcry around the world.
While many people still treat these dogs well and feed them, many are also treated with intense cruelty, including being shot, run over or beaten. Dog catchers then take the rest to public shelters where they are subjected to disease, cruelty and attacks by other dogs, as well as a lack of food at some shelters. Euthanasia is not carried out in a civilised way.
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