Romania's parliament has approved a law to euthanize the thousands of stray dogs that roam the streets of the capital and other major cities.
Parliament voted by 168-111 to pass the law, which must still be signed by President Traian Basescu.
Under the new legislation, local authorities will have to consult the public through polls, referendums, or town-hall meetings.
The law was adopted more than 10 years after an $18-million sterilization campaign spearheaded by then-Bucharest mayor Basescu ended with only limited success.
Bucharest is home to an estimated 50,000 stray dogs, according to local media.
compiled from agency reports