Animals hacked, kicked and torched in Romania after boy, 4, mauled by street dog

02 December 2013 3:03 PM

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Animals hacked, kicked and torched in Romania after boy, 4, mauled by street dog

The August death of the 4-year-old has sparked violence against animals in a country where laws protecting them are already week. So far, a dog had its snout hacked off, a litter of puppies was wrapped up and burned to death, and cats have had their spines snapped by cruel revenge-seekers.

Animals are being hacked, kicked and torched to death in Romania in sick revenge attacks following a street dog's fatal mauling of a little boy.

The terrifying August killing of the 4-year-old in the capital Bucharest reportedly sparked a wave of brutal physical assaults against critters across the eastern European nation.

Litters of puppies have been found wrapped in blankets and set on fire, while a dog roaming the streets had its jaw hacked off.

Cats have also had their spines snapped before being dumped at the bottom of an apartment block.

Animal welfare officials put the vicious slaying of so many innocent creatures down to the "relentless" and "hysterical" media coverage of the case.

Four Paws animal charity said it had registered 15 savage attacks in the six weeks after the boy's death — compared to just six cases in the previous nine months.

"When a dog kills a child, people think that animals should be punished," Tudose added.

The bloodshed has led Vladimir Manastireanu, chief of the state's animal safety, to support a new law requiring stray dogs to be captured and, if not adopted within two weeks, to be euthanized.

But Kuki Barbuceanu, project manager at Four Paws, was keen to point out that "not everyone is a scoundrel."

He said many people did still look after their pet cats and dogs, adding, "The problem is the media influence, which is manipulative and animal haters then have the courage to be cruel."


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