The protection of stray dogs is not governed by EU regulations and thus remains a matter for Member States alone. However, the media and members of the public are continuing to speak of at times serious wrongdoing as regards the treatment of stray dogs, especially in Romania.
What efforts is the Commission making to improve the situation?
Despite the fact that the welfare of stray dogs is not governed by EU rules, the Commission supported the work of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on guidelines for the control of stray dog populations(1). In addition, within the framework of the OIE Regional Platform on Animal Welfare for Europe, the Commission assists OIE member countries in Eastern Europe to achieve compliance with the standards set-up by the guidelines.