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Today, 10 september, the new law about Romanian strays was voted.
This incident wasn’t the only one but captured media attention. Three protests were organized in Bucharest to demand a clarified law about street dogs.
The most important change is that dogs found on the streets must now be kept in shelters for 14 working days. If the dogs are not claimed by someone within those 14 days, they may be killed.
From now on, a person can adopt a dog from a public pound without paying an adoption fee.
Aggressive dogs do not belong on the streets of a civilized city.
But the new law will cause the death of many innocent dogs. Because sociable dogs are easier to catch, they will be the first victims.
Romanian animal lovers have long had the chance to do demonstrate a solution to the stray dog problem that would please the entire community.
Unfortunately, I know of only one person who worked efficiently with the City Hall and showed that sterilization could work –– Robert Smith, in Oradea. His charity has good vets, trained staff, and constant funding.
Most other Romanian charities do sterilizations sporadically, occasionally, a hundred here and a hundred there – not focusing on one single area, until the problem is solved, to set up examples.
The dog caught in the area where the child was killed was sterilized. This has created unending discussion about the efficiency of sterilization in protecting public safety. People should understand that sterilization is meant to reduce the number of animals on the streets. It does not diminish hungry dogs' survival instinct.
Animal lovers could have been united and efficient in introducing sterilization, following Robert Smith's example, but instead have too often fought each other worse than hungry dogs. This did not create a responsible public image.
Some of the so-called shelters built by "animal lovers" (including some charities) are much worse than the public shelters. These people excuse themselves by citing lack of money, but cruelty and neglect of animals hurt the same, no matter if it’s done “from love.”
I am shocked to see dogs kept in chains by in the name of love, or sitting in their own excrement and in dust, where no disinfection or cleaning is possible. This is hoarding.
Then there are "animal lovers" who have “saved” dogs by taking out of public pounds and releasing them, even if these dogs are very aggressive.
Unfortunately, those were the examples that "animal lovers" offered to a community in need of solid alternatives to put an end to dog overpopulation.
The dogs will now pay the ultimate price for our failures.
City Halls can now be expected to keep even more dogs in misery in filthy, miserable pounds until they can be killed, and to refill the pounds as fast as they are emptied by the killing.
People who misunderstand from this message that I favor killing dogs may need to be reminded that I dedicate my heart and my life to these animals. But ROLDA takes a different approach.
While ROLDA invested in building shelters (thanks to our sponsors), we were criticized that we don’t do enough sterilizations, even if all of our dogs from shelters, all the dogs adopted in the past years, and all of the dogs released on the steel plant land where we monitor the dog population were all sterilized -- and even though, when our budget allowed and the safety of sterilized dogs wasn’t put in danger by dogcatchers, we organized public sterilization campaigns.
I chose to invest in modern shelters, built to EU standards, because this is a proof of responsibility. Dogs from ROLDA have not harmed innocent people because they were not put in positions to do harm. Our dogs get food, care, and safe places to live.
Now, it will be really hard to watch how many sociable dogs will become victims.
Each time I will go to my happy, playful dogs, I will have to bear the thought that elsewhere in Romania dogs will be tortured in overcrowded spaces, abused and then killed.
JIP & JONES Nederland