Over 7000 Homeless Dogs Caught in Capital Sofia in Two Years

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Over 7000 Homeless Dogs Caught in Bulgaria Capital Sofia in Two Years: Over 7000 Homeless Dogs Caught in Capital Sofia in Two Years Over 7000 homeless dogs have been captured in Sofia in the last two years according to a municipal report. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

A total of 7 123 homeless dogs have been caught in the Bulgarian capital in the last two years, according to the program of Sofia Municipality for the control of their population.

The three-year program, which will be discussed at Thursday's meeting of the City Council, reports that over 1000 of these have been "euthanized", and the remaining 5518 have been castrated, vaccinated, and released.

According to the Program the reason for the high number of homeless dogs in Sofia is the lack of proper legislation and control over the pets, and the fact that some people "use the animals temporarily and then abandon them".

The Sofia Municipality Program for the control of the homeless dogs population suggests that they be castrated, vaccinated, and marked, and that only the mortally ill and aggressive animals be "euthanazed".

The Municipal Firm "Ekoravnovesie" ("Eco-balance") is obliged to react within 24 hours to any cases of people bitten by homeless dogs.

The Municipal Program also envisages the counting of all homeless dogs, increasing the number of the registered pets, and raising the revenue from the "dog municipal fee" that all owners of dogs have to pay.

According to unofficial data there are between 30 000 and 50 000 homeless dogs in Sofia.
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resipsaloquitur - 25 Apr 2008 // 23:35:55

I should write:"hate".

resipsaloquitur - 25 Apr 2008 // 23:19:42

Hello Robin,

JUST do NOT prise how wonderfully the dog"business" is organised in Germany or France!

I reside inBerlin and thre is soooooooooooooomuch dog shit here onthe streets,especially in green areas.

Today I entered a pharmacy(Apotheke)andthere were two huge,smelly,durty dogs and I said to the pharmacist that all tourists are complaining about the dog sh...t on the streets here.My fiends in California do not want to come because of the dogsh...t.

Germans do not bother...they talk to thier dogs but NOT totheir neighbors;they addor dogs but hat their own kids!

AmMan - 25 Apr 2008 // 11:39:43


So true, can't imagine anything that organized ever making it this way. But I guess we could dream.

Robin - 25 Apr 2008 // 10:41:56

In most countries you have to register a dog and in some also pay a yearly fee and even get insurance. Generally it's only needed for dogs though. In Germany, France and elsewhere for example if you are driving you must stop for a dog, but not a cat. The reverse though is that if a dog causes an accident it's the dog's owner who will be charged with "causing" the accident, which means he has to pay for all damages. Hence the insurance.

Can't imagine anything so organised ever making it to BG though!

wakeywakey - 25 Apr 2008 // 08:38:48

It shouldn't be neccessary to force people to register the acquisition of a pet, but it obviously is in this situation.
It also needs to be made a serious crime to abandon or mistreat animals, as it is in other countries.
It's good that a dent is being made in the number of animals needing to be castrated and vaccinated but so far it is only a dent.

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