The stray dog business in Romania and how to incinerate public money
Under the pretext of the “stray’s terror” generous budgets were allocated. The Bucharest dog catchers spent about 13 million EURO in 7 years (2001-2008)!
Contrary to the popular belief that fuels the anti-stray protests, the money spent on food for the strays was just a infinitesimal part of the budget, as the dogs were being fed “subliminal” quantities, to quote the so called specialists from DSVA Brasov. Out of a total budget of 1,500,000 lei for 2008, the dog catchers in Brasov allocated only 5,000 lei for the dog food, less than 3%. Instead enormous gas quotas were approved. In Brasov, 4 rundown old cars with easy to tamper with mileage tracking systems were each allocated about 350-400 l of gas per month, which means each car did about 100 km/day. Land was rented for the municipality shelters, despite that fact that local authorities had land they could build on. In Brasov, the municipality paid in 8 years more than 1,500 EURO/month (170,000 EURO in total) to the owners of a former swine farm that was in really bad condition and it also invested in modernizing the farm. All of this while it could have built a brand new shelter with 15,000 EURO on a land it owned.
About 100,000 lei were annually spent on tranquilizers and lethal substances, but nobody ever checked that against the number of dogs reported caught and/or euthanized. These substances were bought illegally (without prescriptions), used illegally (because the dog catchers got lazy and started to catch all dogs with tranquilizers, committing two felonies and one?) and may have even been used or sold as drugs (Vetased, the most used tranquilizer contains ketamine, which is used as a drug and is legally considered drug since 2010).
“The stray dog business in Romania” is an excellent report written by Codrut Feher (FNPA). Please read the entire report as well as the information compiled on our page ‘Corruption, organized crime and stray dog business in Romania‘. It will open your eyes as to the classic mechanism of siphoning off public money… How Romanian’s tax payer’s money goes down the drain – or better said: is being incinerated together with the dogs while the stray animal populations only keep growing!