Animal Welfare in Romania

Hundreds of thousands of street dogs have been killed in whole Romania at a cost of tens of millions of Euros.

Despite legislating improvements such as catching dogs by civilized methods, good shelter conditions, killing the dogs by euthanasia etc, in general reality on the ground is:

  • legislative provisions were not respected
  • most dogs were hunted, tortured, beaten to death, stabbed, strangled, being dragged over the streets often bleeding from mouth and nose and treated like rubbish.

After that the common fate of all: a pitiful and miserable prison, where they waited, exhausted by fear, hunger and thirst, until they were finally killed by the cheapest method possible after 7 days, despite these killing methods being illegal.

Although these shelters were publicly financed and were officially public places, and the law permitted the access of the press, animal foundations and the public, access to these “shelters” was usually denied. Visitors were often only allowed access if the mayor agreed to an advance request in writing, which he would not do if he feared there was something to hide.

Residents living close to such extermination centres were distressed by the moans and howls of the dogs.

The methods for catching dogs were cruel. Some dogs died long before they were taken to the extermination camps, they were strangled in the street by the catching teams or suffocated in unventilated vans in summer.

1bDogs were often kept in inhumane conditions without water, food or room to move. Puppies were kept together with adults, ill dogs with healthy dogs, in urine and excrement, full of stress and fear etc.

“Euthanasia” in practice meant starvation, poisoning, strangulation, being burnt alive or injected with magnesium sulphate. Thousands of dogs have been poisoned. Others were shot. Sometimes dogs were thrown into deep pits from which they could not escape. Most publicly financed shelters were illegal extermination camps managed by untrained, poorly educated, underpaid and brutalised personnel.