The city that went to the dogs


dog (Photo credit: davidyuweb)

We have always had dogs, and usually rescue dogs, so seeing a story like this from 5th September is particularly saddening.  It’s a story of sheer irresponsibility and unfortunately when dogs start packing, even small dogs, they become more dangerous – in this case resulting in the death of a 4-year old in a play park.


Humans Are Above Dogs

Sixty thousand stray dogs on the streets of Bucharest.
Sixty thousand stray dogs becoming quite a pest.
Sixty thousand stray dogs roaming round in packs.
Sixty thousand stray dogs, aggressive in attacks.
Sixty thousand stray dogs howling in the night.
Sixty thousand stray dogs – beware the rabid bite.
Sixty thousand stray dogs haunting city parks.
Sixty thousand stray dogs, bare-teethed they snarl and bark.
Sixty thousand stray dogs both mongrels, pure-breds.
Sixty thousand stray dogs filling minds with dread.
Sixty thousand stray dogs, faeces smearing the streets.
Sixty thousand stray dogs, urine stinking in the heat.
Sixty thousand stray dogs, a toddler now has died.
Sixty thousand stray dogs, it’s time for canicide.

Basescu’s said “a child is dead”.
“Humans are above dogs” and “strays will be euthanised.”

5th September 2013 – headline from the Independent

Notes:  “The city that went to the dogs: With 60,000 on the streets, there is one stray for every 31 people in Bucharest.”  For decades, the population of Bucharest has been menaced by the vast numbers of stray dogs that roam its streets. The Romanian capital is home to more than 60,000 of them, according to officials, and their numbers continue to grow.  For the most part, they are just a nuisance and many locals can recount stories of close encounters that ended with a breathless escape or a bite on the ankle. More than 6,000 people were bitten – 1,000 of them children – in the first four months of 2013 in Bucharest.  But earlier this week, four-year-old Ionut Anghel was not so lucky. He was killed by a pack of five strays as he played with his brother in a park in the centre of the city.  For the Romanian president, Traian Basescu, enough was enough. Following Ionut’s death, he angrily declared that “humans are above dogs” and announced plans to euthanise thousands of strays.  Rights groups have condemned the plan as barbaric and called for an alternative, such as sterilisation, but the anger triggered by Ionut’s death means the time may finally have come for Romania’s roving canine army.

3 thoughts on “The city that went to the dogs

    • Mellow dogs good in Bucharest! We’ve had our own spate of death by dog, not strays but ‘pet’dogs of the ‘dangerous’ variety so I can’t claim we’re in a position to make a judgment on strays in Bucharest. The headline was there and I attempt to transcribe into verse, maybe with a quirky twist, a sideways glance, a lateral thought – just to get people thinking. Thanks for pointing to your interesting blog

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