Thursday, 19 May 2011

Romanian Law (Animal welfare 2001) - English Translation

(OFFICIAL MONITOR, No. 794 from December 13, 2001)

Art. 1. – The local councils of the administrative-territorial units have the obligation to set up within 30 days since the adoption of this emergency resolution and in accordance with their necessities, their own services specialized in the administration of stray dogs.
Art. 2. – (1) The local councils of the administrative-territorial units have the obligation to build from their own founds, according to annex no.1, shelters for the stray dogs as well as for the dogs that walk in public places without an owner.
(2) Tthe local councils have the obligation to hire one veterinary doctor and one veterinary technical assistant for the evidence, supervision and the veterinary medical assistance and the performance of any sanitary veterinary actions in accordance with the legislation.
(3) If it is possible, the specialized services may be concession according with the existing legislation.
Art.3. – (1) The shelters that belong to the animal protection organizations and foundations can keep the dogs but only after neutering, anti-rabies vaccination and tagging.
(2) This shelters are obliged to have ensured through a contract, veterinary medical assistance.
Art. 4. – The stray dogs will be captured and taken into shelters, where they will be kept 14 days, respecting the regulations presented in Annex 1 and Annex 2.
Art. 5. – (1) After being examined by the veterinary doctor, chronic suffering or incurables will be killed through euthanasia as soon as they arrive in shelters, according to the regulations of this emergency resolution.
(2) The euthanasia is an act of sacrificing the old, ill dogs or those that have not been adopted according to the regulations of this resolution, using nonpainful
and rapid methods.
Art. 6. – (1) The euthanasia of the dogs is done only by veterinary doctors that have the free practice certificate given by The College of Veterinary Doctors, respecting the regulations of Annex 3.
(2) It is forbidden that the killing of the dogs to be done by other persons or methods besides those stipulated in Annex 3.
Art. 7. – (1) If the dogs have not been adopted or claimed according to Annexes 4 and 5 within 14 days, as it is stipulated in article 4, they will be killed through euthanasia.
(2) While they are sheltered, the claiming requests are to be solved with priority
(3) The dogs that have not been claimed within 7 days can be adopted by individuals or the adoption centers especially organized for this purpose.
Art. 8. – (1) The dogs can be adopted only after they have been sterilized, antirabies vaccinated, cleaned of parasites and identified by both methods simultaneous: marking and the dog collar with locket. The claimed dogs will not be sterilized.
(2) The claiming and the adoption of the dogs will be made on the base of an application and commitment statement, according to Annex no. 4 an no.5 and paying a fee that includes the medical and sheltering expenses, the sum being established through the decision of the local council.
Art. 9. – The bodies of the killed through euthanasia animals or collected in the street will be cremated and it is forbidden to use them for obtaining leather, fats, meat, protein flour and other products.
Art. 10. - All this specialized services will be equipped with special registers approved by the official veterinary doctor of the area, and will contain the following: the capturing date, the date and hour of entering the shelter, the characteristics of each animal, the number of dogs caught, claimed, adopted, killed through euthanasia, the reason for euthanasia, the used substa nce and the name of the person who did the euthanasia, the tagging number, the adoption file number, the date of anti-rabies vaccination, the sterilization date, the date of handing the dead bodies to the societies that are in charge of the cremation, as well as the name of the persons who did this operations.
Art. 11. - The operations of collecting, sheltering, vaccination, cleaning of parasites, sterilization, adoption and euthanasia, will take place with the participation of representatives of animal protection organizations, in case they request it, and following a preset schedule.
Art. 12. - The services for the administration of the stray dogs have the obligation to inform monthly the local veterinary agencies and city halls the number of registered dogs and the marking number. All the data will be centralized at national level by the National Sanitary Veterinary Agency.
Art. 13. - It is forbidden to participate or organize dog fights or inflict any pain or suffering upon dogs.
Art. 14. - The following acts are considered illegal and are punished as it follows:
a) the violation of the regulations established at art.1, art.2 align. (1), art. 3, art. 4, art. 6 align. (1), art. 7 align. (2), art. 8 align. (1), art. 9 and 10, as well as the conditions stipulated in the commitment declaration, with a fine of 10 000000 lei to 25000000 lei;
Art. 15. - The sanitary veterinary inspectors are in charge of applying the punishments for the mentioned violations.
Art. 16. - The violations presented at art. 14 are to be sanctioned by the government resolution no. 2/2001.



A. Animal hosting.
1. The animals should be separated in order to reduce stress inflicted upon them and to be able to control diseases.
2. The animals will be separated as it follows:
a) state of health
b) age
c) sex
d) aggressiveness
Females that have puppies will be hosted together with them.
3. The floors should be sloped with the leaking of the water towards the exterior side or towards the sewerage. They have to be made out of cement which is watertight and can be cleaned and disinfected easily.
4. The walls between the caves need to have at least 185 cm high and have to stop the water run and the excrements from one kennel to another.
5. The materials used for the kennels walls can be:
a) plastered or painted brick;
b) iron-concrete;
c) concrete;
d) wire mesh;
6. Over the separating walls will be placed a wire mesh 60 cm high.
7. The outside kennels could be made out of mesh supported by metal or wood pillars.
8. The shelter should have draining system and proper installations to deposit the loaded daily wasted products. The existent draining system of each running ground should stop the contamination with urine or other excrements of the other running grounds.
9. There needs to be a control of the heat, ventilation and humidity, in order to assure the comfort of the puppies, the personnel and the visitors.
10. The whole area with kennels should contain some mean of ventilation either using ventilators or windows that can be opened.
11. It is obligatory that the outside kennels are covered. All running grounds must have fences and gates with locks in order to stop the unauthorized running of the dogs.

B. The hosting and medical care area
1. The individual kennels should have the next measurements:
a) for big dogs: 120cm x160cm or 1,92 sq m;
b) medium size dogs: 110cm x 148cm or 1,92 sq m;
c) small dogs: 91cm x122cm or 1,10 sq m
d) joint kennels must not shelter more than 4 dogs on a surface of 6,5 sq m.
2. The surrounded areas should have:
a) drinkable water
b) the drinking bowls should be daily cleaned and disinfected, and each time a new dog is brought in the kennel;
c) the bowls for feeding should be placed so that dogs cannot urinate in them and to be easily cleaned and disinfected.
d) if the areas are not heated, it is obligatory to place inside the kennels wood boards for resting and beds;
e) for the puppies will be used blankets, towels and cardboards boxes which can be easily cleaned and disinfected;
3. The personnel should have enough space for working.
4. The reception area should correspond to the adoption procedures.
5. The euthanasia room places where the bodies are put will not be accessible to the public, and as much as it is possible plastic bags are to be used.
6. Each shelter will own one surgery room or more, by respecting the sanitary veterinary norms. In these rooms the dogs will be castrated or killed through euthanasia.

C. Disease control
1. Each animal will be daily clinically examined and each medical event will be registered in the individual and the centralized record.
2. The examination will be done by the veterinary doctor or by the technician when the doctor is not available.
3. Each team member will be trained in order to recognize any signs of sickness and to alert the veterinary personnel.

D. Feeding the dogs and cleaning the shelters
1. Puppies between 6 and 12 weeks old will be fed 3 times a day and dogs between 12 weeks and 12 months will be fed twice a day. The dogs over one year old will be fed twice a day.
2. The food has to be always fresh. The food will be administered individually and under supervision.
3. All the kennels, boxes and the closed areas will be daily washed with water and with efficient disinfectant.
4. Each kennel will be cleaned and disinfected before the arrival of a new dog.
5. During disinfections the animals contact with water or disinfectants will be avoided.
E. The vehicles
1. Each shelter should posses one or more vehicles to capture the dogs.
2. The vehicles should offer safety, security, protection against the weather conditions and proper ventilation. Each animal should have a separate cage. There has to be also a separate cage for the sick or dead dogs.
3. The vehicles should be cleaned and visible marked with the name of the service and the telephone number.
4. The vehicle should posses the following equipment: mesh, ladder, metal or fiberglass cages, tools for catching, first aid case.
5. Drivers should be trained to grant first aid to the sick animals.
6. The euthanasia of the dogs inside the vehicles is forbidden but it is allowed to tranquilize the suffering dogs.



A. The capturing of the dogs.
1. The dogs will be captured by trained specialized personnel of the local councils.
2. The dogs will not be captured using a brutal manner. The personnel in charge of capturing dogs will be obligatory anti-rabies vaccinated.
3. The capturing personnel will work in teams of two persons plus the driver of the vehicle and will be wearing protection equipment.
4. The qualified personnel could catch the dogs with special sticks or meshes. It will be used special sticks represented by canes with locks, which can easily slide or tighten around the neck of the dog.
This stalk can allow the qualified person to keep distance from the dog and manipulate them better. The stalks have some devices to fix the lock to the proper breadth, in order to avoid the animal strangling and with fast starting machinery in order to release the dog in case of emergency, or when he is put in a kennel. The dogs can also be captured by using trap kennels. In these kennels is introduced food and they have mobile doors that will automatically close after the animal enters.
5. The very aggressive dogs situated in not accessible areas or suspected to have rabies can be immobilized by using arrow weapons. The capture weapons are using the carbonic pressed gas or percussion bullets for the propulsion of some syringes or arrows that allow the dog injection with some immobilizing products.
6. It will be used hydro chlorine of Ketamine and Xylozina. It is recommended the two of them to be mixed and injected intramuscularly for a five minutes effect.
7. Another efficient substance association – etorfina with acepromazina- can be used respecting the existent legislation in the field.
8. The capturing weapons cannot be used in catching the puppies as they may be badly injured.

B. The transportation of the dogs.
1. Mild dogs can be transported to the shelters in closed vehicles lorry type. They will be put in individual cages.
2. It will be used a system that reduces to a minimum the direct manipulation of the dogs.
3. The animal kennels must be chosen according to the animal size. The kennel has to be always longer than the animal size.
These kennels should be manufactured out of solid materials to resist long-term use. Plastic kennels can be also used.
4. The vehicles should be well ventilated and protect animals against weather conditions.

1. It is recommended to be killed through euthanasia only the animals that have not been claimed or adopted. Euthanasia is also recommended for not treatable animals.
2. A veterinary doctor does the euthanasia.
3. The dog euthanasia is done using barbiturates, which are injected in the veins after the dog has lost consciousness through anesthesia. The dogs will be assisted until their death occurs. The barbiturates are not to be administered inter muscular or under the skin. Narcotic products can be administered orally as well.
4. The veterinary doctor is the only one who has access to barbiturates and who can decide whether or not to use dangerous drugs.
5. The veterinary doctor is the only one who has access to barbiturates and who can decide whether or not to use dangerous drugs.

LOCAL COUNCIL......................................................

I the undersigned.............................resident no......................... employed.............. tel no.................. possessor of B.I..................series ................... I commit to adopt the dog with the marking number.................... sheltered by the Service of supervising the stray dogs, under the following conditions:
1. to respect the rules of feeding and taking care of the animal
2. to take the dog to the veterinary doctor periodically to be anti-rabies vaccinated or if it is needed.
3. to inform the service for animal surveillance in case the death or giving away of the dog.
4. not to abandon the dog, and in case I do not want it anymore to return it to the Service of stray dogs surveillance;
5. to pay the fee to the Service of stray dogs surveillance, fee that includes the medical and sheltering expenses for the dog.

The person who is adopting The representative of the Service of the Stray Dogs Surveillance


The subscribed society…………………., with the premises in…………., street…………….., No…, sector/ county………………, telephone number, registered at the Office of Commerce Register…………under the no. ………………., represented by………… as………, with the I.C series……, no. …….., released by………, date…………., commits to adopt a number
of………..dogs, identified with the tagging numbers……….., sheltered by the Service of administering the stray dogs, under the following circumstances:
1. to respect the norms of caring and feeding the dog;
2. to present the dog to a veterinary cabinet, in case it is needed or it has to be anti rabies vaccinated;
3. to announce the Service of administering the stray dogs, in case the dog dies or given away;
4. not to abandon the dog and if I do not want it anymore to give it to the Service of administering the stray dogs;
5. to pay the fee for the medical expenses and sheltering.

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