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ONE stray cat vs. 100.000 stray dogs in Bucharest… Guess it’s life span won’t be too long. We met the single stray cat at an outdoor folk’s museum in the middle of the city. Surprisingly a place where none of the numerous stray dogs of Buchrest was to see. As a ‘cat man’ I rather use this little cat to comment on the unusual situation of meeting stray dogs absolute everywhere, not only in the city but also in the countryside. And many Romanians seem to like those dogs, treating them like some bypassing squirrels feeding them and patting them.

A city with 100.000 stray dogs
BUCHAREST — A stray dog killed a Japanese man in Romania's capital Bucharest in 2006 when it bit into a vital artery in his leg.
"The dog cut an important vein in the man's left leg. He crawled maybe 30 metres (yards) and only managed to tell a guard 'dog and ambulance' before he died," police spokesman Christian Ciocan said.
As many as 100,000 stray dogs are thought to live on the streets of Bucharest, a feral reminder of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's orders to bulldoze hundreds of houses in the capital during the 1980s to make way for grandiose buildings.
Although a 1989 revolution toppled Ceausescu's regime, efforts to get rid of the dogs have become a highly publicised problem.
"When we tried to solve the stray dogs problem in the past, we were held back by sensitive people who love animals. Now, look what happens," Bucharest deputy mayor Razvan Murgeanu told private TV station Realitatea.
International animal rights activists, including former French sex symbol Brigitte Bardot, have repeatedly stymied plans to dispose of the dogs by criticising government efforts to cull them in public forums as animal cruelty.

..BUT it is also reported that in periods where they reduce the number of stray dogs, there is an increase i.e also of stray cats…

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