Sofia Citizens Resort to Last-Ditch Measures over Stray Dogs
Stray dogs have been part of Sofia everyday life for years after two elderly men were mauled to death, citizens have taken matters into their own hands.
People living in the districts of Izgrev and Iztok have admitted they poison the stray dogs roaming the neighborhoods in a concerted and united effort to cope with the problem, which the municipality obviously can not solve.
"I don't like what we are doing, but there is no other way to cope with the stray dogs," one of the initiators told bTV channel.
The citizens resorted to the last-ditch measure after stray dogs started to attack children, killed a pet and injured another.
The news comes shortly after an elderly man who was severely bitten by a pack of stray dogs in Bulgarian capital Sofia last week died in hospital.
The 88-year-old sustained a number of severe bite wounds on his arms and legs, and was suffering from other illnesses that complicated his condition.
The elderly man was attacked and severely bitten by a pack of stray dogs in a park near the nice Sofia Geo Milev and Reduta neighborhoods, just east of downtown.
Earlier this year an 87-year-old man, who chose to spend his retirement in his native Bulgaria, was attacked in a Sofia street by some 25 dogs who tore at his face and bit his legs and arms to the bone. He died in intensive care 10 days later.
Bulgarian capital Sofia has a chronic problem with managing its stray dogs, with Mayor Yordanka Fandakova having done little to effectively mend the situation.
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And if these cretins "accidentally" poison MY pet dog, presumably they won't complain when I, in turn, demand my "eye for an eye" from them?
Maybe Yordanka would do better to euthanise the idiots who throw their unwanted pets onto the street to fend for themselves......
"I will urge lawmakers to approve euthanizing unowned dogs...", Fandykova told....... btw, this Euthanasia, i.e. intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering ---obviously not "pain and suffering of dogs in this particular case, DOGS are not human beings, not venices of Mother-Nature--so, this special "Euthanasia", this unlimited wisdom of Sofia' Mayor & Co have all chances to triumph. You won the game, BULERICAN. Toast.
"Municipality will open new animal shelters in three monts. 4000 strays will be impounded in one year. I will urge lawmakers to approve euthanizing unowned dogs," she told media once elderly man died. Recently he reiterated intentions to increase the dog catchers teams number "to at least 10".
During the past 30 months in office, Fandykova failed to take any adequate step to curb overbreeding in local dog population. Owned dogs are estimated 200,000 and annual dog population increase is at least 10,000. Impounding tens of thousands strays year after year means an unofficial policy of dog farming. And Mayor Fandykova is likely set to move this dirty industry from street to increased animal shelter system.
Big pet population dynamics, big dog pound capacity, and big money provided by the GERB party's elected officials may satisfy the illegal dog dealers' interests only. Shame on Bojko Borisov, GERB leader and Prime Minister.
-- Emil D. Kuzmanov