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Plan to put down stray dogs causes howl in Romania

BUCHAREST -- They cross the street at crosswalks, stroll through parks and occasionally take the bus. Stray dogs are part of daily life in Romania, where plans to put them down have triggered a howling debate.

Big or small, black, brown or spotted, some 40,000 homeless canines live in Bucharest alongside a human population of two million, according to authorities and animal rights groups.

Their numbers started proliferating in the 1980s when then communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu had some of Bucharest's oldest residential districts razed and replaced with apartment blocs, causing many owners to part with their pets.

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