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Romania: Roadblock to stop transport of illegally-killed stray dogs

20 members of FOUR PAWS blocked a truck carrying the carcasses of dogs illegally killed by the Bucharest Animal Protection Authority ASPA. It was a peaceful protest, during which the participants urged Prime Minister Ponta to finally stop the illegal killing of stray dogs. 

Police found carcasses of illegally-killed stray dogs

During the protest FOUR PAWS called the police and requested police officers to open the truck and check what was inside and to also address the suspicion that illegal substances have been used for killing the stray dogs. However, the police officers initially refused to open the truck. Following three hours of intense negotiations, the police seized the vehicle carrying the carcasses of the strays. A convoy of five police vehicles escorted the truck to the yard of the Domnesti police station, where they opened the van. Gabriel Paun, Director of Campaigns at FOUR PAWS, the only representative of FOUR PAWS allowed to be present explained ''The moment of its opening was grotesque. The smell pushed the police officers backwards, one criminal police investigation officer dressed in biohazard suite entered the vehicle loaded with containers filled up with freshly killed dogs.“

Over 8000 dogs have allegedly been killed illegally since 20 June 2014.
© VIER PFOTEN | Matthias Schickhofer

FOUR PAWS calls to enforce the killing law

FOUR PAWS calls on the police to enforce the law and the decision of the Appeal Court of Bucharest, which suspended the methodological norms of the killing law on 20 June 2014. ''Strong legal steps by police against the criminals would be the only way to send a strong message to all those connected with the killing of dogs in Romania“, said Gabriel Paun.

The truck was carrying containers of recently killed dogs.
© VIER PFOTEN | Gabriel Paun

More than 8,000 strays killed since June 20

According to a recent statement by ASPA coordinator Răzvan Băncescu, more than half of the 16,000 killings of strays in Bucharest were carried out after the 20th of June. 

Biological management company to destroy carcasses of strays

As FOUR PAWS determined, the truck belongs to the Romanian company “Stericycle”, which has been hired by ASPA to transport and destroy the carcasses of the stray dogs killed in public pounds.