Review by Christos T. Panagopoulos –
President Traian Basescu on Wednesday signed a decree promulgating a law amending and supplementing Government Emergency Ordinance 155/2001 approving a programme for the management of ownerless dogs.
Basescu has recently said that he would promulgate the law as it cleared Parliament “without any hesitation.”
“I would promulgate the law as it cleared Parliament, without hesitation. It is what I believe should happen. After we bring the canine population down to a reasonable size we can think of something else. Now, they are a danger to children, the elderly and people in general”, said Basescu.
The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) on Wednesday ruled that the law in question is constitutional.
The CCR judges overruled a constitutionality objection signed by 29 senators.
“CCR, by a majority of votes is hereby overruling the constitutionality objection filed by 29 senators over the law amending and supplementing Government Emergency Ordinance 155/2001 approving a programmer for the management of ownerless dogs. Essentially, the Court has established that the provisions ruled unconstitutional under its ruling of January 11, 2012, published in the Official Journal of Romania, Part I, No. 53 of January 23, 2012, have been brought in line with the ruling, and it is now consonant with Article 147 (4) of Romania’s Constitution”, CCR reports in a press release.
CCR says the arguments underpinning its ruling will be included in the text of the decision to be published in the Official Journal of Romania, Part I.
The draft law regarding stray and ownerless dogs cleared the Chamber of Deputies on September 10.
The new piece of legislation provides for an extension from seven to 14 business days in the deadline for keeping stray and ownerless dogs in kennels to be reclaimed or adopted for free. After 14 days, the local administrations may decide to euthanize the dogs left over or extend their stay, provided there are financial resources to operate the kennels.