Romania plans referendum on killing stray dogs

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FILE - In this May 5, 2011, file picture Romanians are back dropped by a poster that reads 'It's not a solution' during a protest by animal rights activists .The mayor of the Romanian capital said Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, there will be a referendum on whether thousands of stray dogs should be euthanized after a 4-year-old boy was fatally mauled by a stray on Monday. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The mayor of the Romanian capital says there will be a referendum on whether thousands of stray dogs should be euthanized after a 4-year-old boy was killed by a stray this week.

Sorin Oprescu said Thursday that the date for the referendum will be decided on Friday.

According to animal welfare authorities, some 1,100 people were bitten by stray dogs in Bucharest in the first four months of 2013.

President Traian Basescu called on the government on Tuesday to pass a law that would allow for stray dogs to be killed, saying "humans are above dogs."

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