ANSA REPORT ON THE STRAY DOG SITUATION IN BUCHAREST
NATO SUMMIT: OVERTIME FOR THE DOG-CATCHERS IN BUCHAREST
’ (ANSA) — BUCHAREST, April 3rd – The dog-catchers of Bucharest have worked overtime in the days leading up to the NATO summit to cleanse the capital of its stray four-legged friends, capturing them and bringing them to “special” designated places. It is estimated that in Bucharest there are 40,000 stray dogs. Despite the efforts of the Romanian authorities, as reported by some sources in Romania, some strays have been captured by the police during the last few days along the “corridor unico”, or the main road, designated exclusively for the passage of official delegations during the NATO summit.
The passage was created by closing a number of roads in Bucharest in order to connect the Henri Coanda International Airport of Bucharest with Palazzo del Parlamento, constructed by former Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, and which will be host to the NATO summit.
The stray problem can be directly linked to Ceausescu, who was obsessed with demolishing houses with gardens, where residents kept dogs and cats, in order to make room for Soviet-style barrack-like housing.
Hundreds of houses were also knocked down to make room for the 333,000 square meter building that is host now to the Summit, leaving many dogs homeless, forcing them onto the streets. Even today the authorities of Bucharest haven’t been able to resolve the problem of’ stray dogs — “grandchildren” of those forced to the streets by Ceausescu — and they claim that all the public dog pounds are already overcrowded. (ANSA)
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